The Sphinx and the Second Pyramid, Gizeh, Egypt
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- Here are seen some of the most ancient things in the world-the oldest monuments, the oldest tombs, the oldest statue, and the earliest method of travel and kind of dress. You are eight miles southwest of Cairo, Egypt, facing the great stretch of Libyan Desert. There is sand everywhere about. If you are wise you have worn colored glasses to keep the sun from hurting your eyes. You are in the burial place of the Egyptian kings and queens. The pointed monument is a pyramid, built as a great tomb of kings. It is almost 700 feet square at the base, and rises 450 feet above the sand. It is built of stone. Inside it has two chambers-a large and a small one. The large one was used as a public temple and has statues of the king, Chepren, who built the pyramid. His queen is also buried in the walls. This pyramid is about 4,000 years old. It was 500 years old when Moses was born. The Great Pyramid, larger and older than the Second Pyramid, is a short distance away. The sphinx (sfnks) is made up of the head of a man and the body of a lion. It is carved out of the solid rock, with a few rocks built in to round out the figure. It is thought to be a monument to Chepren, and to have been carved by the workmen who built the Second Pyramid. It is 66 feet high and 187 feet long. It is now partly buried in sand. The face has been shot and scarred by the Arabs, and the nose and the beard are off. Study the Arabs, the camel, and the saddle. What is a desert? Of what great desert is the Libyan Desert a part? Why are camels used in the desert? Why is northern Africa dry? Keystone ID: 9781 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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