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Menkaure's Pyramid by Tom Gomez

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The Pyramid of Menkaure, located on the Giza Plateau in the southwestern outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, is the smallest of the three Pyramids of Giza. It was built to serve as the tomb of the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Menkaure.

Menkaure’s Pyramid had an original height of 65.5 meters (218 feet). It now stands at 61 m (204 ft) tall with a base of 106 m (356.5 ft). Its angle of incline is approximately 51°20’25". It was constructed of limestone and granite. The first sixteen courses of the exterior were made of granite. The upper portion was cased in the normal manner with Tura limestone. Part of the granite was left in the rough. Incomplete projects like this helps archeologists understand the methods used to build pyramids and temples. South of the pyramid of Menkaure were 3 satellite pyramids none of which appear to have been completed. The largest was made partly in granite like the main pyramid. Neither of the other 2 progressed beyond the construction of the inner core.

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

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens
Handheld

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.1.

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Featured in : HDR Photography : 29 Aug 12
Featured in : Heritage Listed and Other Trusts Sites World Wide : 31 Aug 12
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Comments

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    So very beautiful…
    Yes, you are my winner of the day:)
    …………
    Love Quote of the Day
    We must be our own before we can be another’s.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson mentioned and I definitely nodded:)
    …………
    Best regards,
    Sunny

  • Very much appreciated Sunny …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture dear Tom and super treatment.
    Looks so strange to see a Pyramid with a housing estate behind it. LOL
    were so used to seeing them, like their in the middle of nowhere.
    I love it.Instant fave.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine, that is Cairo behind, the city is actually very close. The sky looks so dark because of the amount of fine sand in the air, visibility was quite poor …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 2 years ago

    Excellent image, Tom!

  • Very much appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Randy Turnbow
    Randy Turnbowover 2 years ago

    Cool stuff Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Randy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinover 2 years ago

    Amazing how people think the pyramids are out in the middle of nowhere, yet they are so close to civilisation!
    Great shot Tom

  • Thank you kindly Karen, you have to drive for miles through the city to get to them …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Outstanding shot Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Colin …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    How wonderful dear Tom…………………..I have not been to Egypt but I have always wanted to go…………………..what is wrong with me………………………my granddaughters have been………………x

  • Thank you dear Joyce, it is a must place to visit, but with all the tension in the region, I’m not sure I would go at the moment …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...over 2 years ago

    Brilliant image Tom! I really want to go there myself one day.

  • Thank you kindly Elizabeth …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    My you sure do get around, Tom! Thanks again for the history lesson! Scary how close those buildings are getting. :(

  • Thank you Mel, Cairo is huge and the pyramids are very close to the edge of the city …

    – Tom Gomez

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