NileGuide Expert Says:
The Pyramid of Khafre is every bit as spectacular as its slightly bigger brother. Try to wait for the crowds to thin a little before you go inside, as it can get quite sweaty!
Al Ahram, Al Haram, Egypt
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The Pyramid of Chephren (or Khafre, in ancient Egyptian) is the second largest of the three pyramids at Giza, and is sometimes known as the Second Pyramid. It appears larger than the Pyramid of Khufu
, but that is because it is built on higher ground and the peak is still intact. It is believed to have been built during the reign of 4th dynasty pharaoh Khafre, thought by most archaeologists to be Khufu's son.
Unlike the Great Pyramid
, the Pyramid of Khafre still has the remains of the limestone casing stones at the top – these would have protected the pyramid and given it a brilliant iridescent glow that could allegedly be seen from the mountains of Israel. The pyramid is linked by a causeway to the Great Sphinx
– you can walk down this causeway, though you can't enter in to the compound of the Sphinx
from here (you have to skirt around the outer wall).
You can usually go inside the Pyramid of Chephren for a small fee, and follow a steep and claustrophobic passage all the way down to the burial chamber. There is not much to see, but the sensation of being inside such a huge physical mass is an incredible experience.
The best way to visit the Giza Plateau
is by taxi.