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The Giza Necropolis

Located in the desert southwest of Cairo, the pyramids and sphinx are an enduring mystery.  Estimated to be nearly five thousand years old they were constructed between 2600 and 2500 BC as tombs and a funerary complex for the ruling class of the ancient Egyptian empire.

The Giza pyramid complex includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, the Great Sphinx of Giza, several smaller pyramids, the remnants of a worker village and various cemeteries.  The Great Pyramid is the oldest of the seven ancient wonders of the world, and the only one still in existence.

Great Pyramid of Giza - October, 1986
From Sketchbook - October, 1986
Great Sphinx of Giza - October, 1986
Giza Evening Silhouette - November, 1986
From Sketchbook - October, 1986

All images © James E. Beyer