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Explore the Pyramid of Khafre | A Glimpse into Ancient Egyptian Burial Rituals

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The Pyramid of Khafre is the second-largest pyramid in the Giza Plateau. Located to the southwest of the older Pyramid of Khufu, it was built by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Khafre, the son of Khufu around 2570 BC.

This pyramid is unique for retaining a section of its original white outer casing stones at the very top. Find out more about this ancient wonder.

What is the Pyramid of Khafre?

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Interesting facts about the Pyramid of Khafre

  • The Pyramid of Khafre is the only one at Giza that still retains a portion of its polished white limestone casing. You can see it at the very top. 
  • The pyramid has a square base that measures 215.5 meters (706 feet) along each side and rises up to a height of 136 meters (448 feet).
  • Originally, Khufu’s Pyramid was 143.5 meters or 471 feet tall but has shrunk by around 7 meters over the millennia. 
  • The interior of the pyramid is quite simple, consisting of two entrances, one that is 12 m high and the other at ground level, about 30 m away from the base.
  • When the Italian explorer and archeologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni entered the burial chamber, he discovered that it was empty and the opened sarcophagus now only contained a few animal bones.
  • The Pyramid of Khafre was damaged in the 14th century when an earthquake struck, causing severe damage to the structure.

Khafre and the Pyramids of Giza

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When to visit the Pyramid of Khafre?

When you visit the Giza Necropolis, you can see the three Pyramids of Giza, including the Pyramid of Khufu. The site’s opening hours are from 7 AM to 6 PM from April to September and from 8 AM to 4 PM between October to March.

The best time to explore the interiors of the Pyramids of Giza, including the Pyramid of Khafre, is around the winter months, between October to March. The weather is comparatively cooler and ideal for exploring the Giza complex. You can also partake in adventure activities like quad bike safari, Nile river felucca boat rides, camel safari, and dune bashing. While the winter months see a surge in hotel prices, the summer months attract a comparatively lesser number of tourists. Depending on your itinerary and the kind of adventures you want, you can plan your visit.

Where is the Pyramid of Khafre located?

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About the Pyramid of Khafre

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Frequently asked questions about the Pyramid of Khafre

What is the Pyramid of Khafre?

The Pyramid of Khafre is the second-largest and the second-tallest of the three Pyramids of Giza, built to house the tomb of Pharaoh Khafre. It is renowned for retaining some of the original limestone rocks from around 4500 years ago.

Who was the Pyramid of Khafre built for?

The Pyramid of Khafre was built as an elaborate tomb for the Pharaoh Khafre of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom in ancient Egypt. This pyramid is situated between the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure. It is the second-largest pyramid in the Giza Necropolis.

What was the purpose of Khafre’s Pyramid?

Khafre’s pyramid was built to serve as a tomb for the pharaoh, and, as a portrayal of power and permanence after his death. It is also believed that the inner air shafts inside the pyramids guide the Pharaoh in their afterlife. The Pyramid of Khafre is not only an enduring testament to the engineering skills of ancient Egyptians but also reveals their beliefs on death and the afterlife.

What is inside the Pyramid of Khafre?

Within the Pyramid of Khafre are a number of passageways that lead to a burial chamber with the king’s sarcophagus. Depending on the kind of Pyramids of Giza tickets you purchase, you need to pay a separate fee to enter the interiors of the Giza complex. If you have claustrophobia, you may want to avoid going into the depths of the Pyramids of Giza.

Can you go inside the Pyramid of Khafre?

Yes, you can explore the interiors of the Pyramid of Khafre. Depending on the kind of Pyramids of Giza tickets you purchase, you may have to pay a separate fee to enter the inside of the Pyramids of Giza.

Did the Pharaoh Khafre also build the Great Sphinx?

Yes, it is believed that Pharaoh Khafre laid the foundation and supervised the construction of the Great Sphinx of Giza. In fact, it is said that the human face of the Sphinx bears his face.

How tall is the Pyramid of Khafre?

The Pyramid of Khafre is the second tallest pyramid at Giza, standing at 136.4 meters or 448 feet tall. It is situated between the Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Menkaure in the Giza Necropolis.

Q. Can I buy tickets to visit the Pyramid of Khafre?

A. Yes, you can purchase your Pyramids of Giza tickets online. We recommend you purchase your tickets online to save time and money. Online ticket bookings also ensure that you get guaranteed access to the Pyramids no matter the crowd on the day of your visit.