Monday, 6 February 2012

Khufu's Tomb


Oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis (around 2560 BC)
Giza (Cairo), Egypt
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My contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tragics

28 comments:

Arija said...

Beautiful photo. I always wanted to see the pyramids and have passes by quite close sailing through the Suez Canal 3 times when we were poor as church mice and could not afford the excursion.

Julie said...

Ooo yes, I had forgotten that they are none other than rather large mausoleums!!

I have not been to Egypt, and don't ever expect to. However, I find the facts and figures re the construction of the 'pyramdids' to be totally astonishing. The number of bricks, the number of people, over however many years. How on earth would they demand a cost-benefit analysis of something like this to prove that it was worth the use of tax-payers money?

I image there are lots of people hanging around here trying to make a living selling trinkets, just like at the Eiffel Tower.

I would love to see a map of all the places you have visited, Jose. It would be covered with pins!

Thanks for this reminder that some grave markers out a bit unusual!

DeeBee L. said...

Impressive! reminds me good holiday memories!

Sondra said...

AWESOME structure!!!

Halcyon said...

This is really something. Nothing like my Mayan pyramids, much more impressive! I can't imagine how they built these back then.

Team G Square said...

Nice to see this monument . Wonderful capture.

Carolina Tavares said...

Não tenho vontade de conhecer o Egito, e não me perguntes o por que, eu não saberia argumentar.

Annie said...

Omigoodness. Now THAT is a cemetery.

hamilton said...

these are definitely grand structures.

Lowell said...

Fantastic composition...what great lines that lead the eye right out of the photo and including the people and animals gives us a sense of scale. Wonderful sight. And no, I wasn't around when it was built!

Dianne said...

Well I definitely think you take the prize for the earliest grave .. 2560 BC .. it's such a massive structure and a great capture with the camels in the foreground.

NixBlog said...

Of course! The most obvious tomb of tombs! Great shot!

Photo Cache said...

never fails to amaze is photo of this wonderful place.

Ann said...

Good photo. You beat me to it. I have some pyramid shots in my collection of taphophilia as well.

Pat said...

Great shot! I've always been interested in ancient Egypt.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Hey that's a great contribution to the meme. To many different ideas people are posting.

s.c said...

You nearly forget that in reality it is a big big tombstone for someone. Thanks for the reminder . Nice picture by the way.

biebkriebels said...

That is a huge grave, haven't been there yet, but maybe once..

Herding Cats said...

Wow! How lucky to be able to actuaklly see it up close and in person. One of my all time dreams.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Awesome monument. Was in Egypt a few years ago, stayed in Cairo and visited this wonderful pyramid.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

such an amazing work. i hope i get to see this one day
~laura

Andrea said...

Wow, that is a different and beautiful composition of a very well photographed landmark. I really envy your travels, is it related to your job? I wish i can still reach this place in this lifetime.

Stickup Artist said...

That is something I'd love to see! And quite apropos — I just rented out a room in my home to a doctoral student from Saudi Arabia. His family also has an apartment in Egypt and I'm learning a lot about the culture. Quite an experience for me but not as good as being there like you :-) Another stunning image JM!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting, we can imagine several adventures around!
Love your composition, it's really a beautiful shot!
Léia

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this picture -- thank you for sharing! It's kind of easy to forget that the pyramids are tombs.

SKIZO said...

Great.Picture

tapirgal said...

That is some big gravestone, and all the better with camels.

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