NileGuide Expert Says:
Most visitors ignore the ‘runt of the litter’, but the Pyramid of Menkaure has the most immediate presence of all the pyramids at Giza. It is occasionally open to visit inside – if so, check out the other-worldly acoustics of the chambers!
Giza Pyramids Plateau
12561 Cairo, Egypt
tel: +20 2 383 8823
The Pyramid of Mycerinus (or Menkaure, in ancient Egyptian) is the baby of the three Pyramids of Giza
, if you can call something 108 m long and 67 m high a baby! Like the Pyramids of Khufu
, the Pyramid of Menkaure was built during the 4th dynasty, and so is well over 4000 years old! Not much is known of Menkaure, though he was believed to have been another of Khufu's sons, and successor to Khafre.
The Pyramid of Mycerinus is set back from the other two pyramids, about a 15 minute walk away. It therefore receives fewer visitors than its two bigger brothers, but is well worth checking out. Many observers claim that, when viewed on its own, the Pyramid of Mycerinus exudes an almost palpable sense of power – far more than that of the other two. Because it is smaller, and so easier to comprehend, the effects of the geometry are magnified. Make sure you go to experience this example of pyramid power for yourself!
The best way to visit the Giza Plateau
is by taxi.