The wonders of Egypt by Tom Gomez

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In the background, Khafre’s pyramid is the second largest of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and the tomb of the fourth-dynasty pharaoh Khafre (Chephren).

The pyramid has a base length of 215.25 m (706 ft) and originally rises to a height of 143.5 m (470.5 ft). The Pyramid is made of Limestone blocks (weighing more than 2 tons each). The slope of the pyramid rises at a 53°10’ angle, steeper than its neighbour, the Pyramid of Khufu (on the right) which has an angle of 51°50’40". The pyramid sits on bedrock 10 m (33 ft) higher than Khufu’s Pyramid which makes it appear to be taller.

In the right foreground is the Great Sphinx of Giza (Arabic: أبو الهول “The Father of Fear”), a half-human, half-lion Sphinx statue. The largest monolith statue in the world, it stands 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft) high. Commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium BC, it is the earliest known monumental sculpture.

Both are located in The Giza Plateau at the west bank of the Nile River, near modern-day Cairo, Egypt.

The Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Related shots can be found at: Egypt

Featured in : All That’s Archaeology : 29 Jul 10

Sold 5 Cards : 3 Nov 11

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  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Gezza bigger version Tom :o)

  • Hehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    brilliant tom…….I ahve been here and got conned into going to them pyramid on a camel…cost me a fortune

  • Cheers mate. The funniest thing about being there was watching the tourists being conned into taking a ($5) camel ride. The problem is that you generally have to pay at least another $15 before they will let you get back down – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot just had to add that wee joke just for fun. :o)

  • Cheers buddy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Hehe made me do it :o)

  • You don’t need any encouragement – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    No really Hehehe made me do it honest trust me I’m a Mummy!!

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the history and beautiful photo along with the camel
    Fabulous Tom

  • Thank you so much Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 4 years ago

    Great shot Tom

  • Thank you kindly Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Tom!
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic historic world……!

  • Thank you so much Adri my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    My – you get around Tom!

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • If I could, I would travel much more Bob, cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Great, Tom. One day!

  • Cheers David …

    – Tom Gomez

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