is the son of Khufu
and his 4th
dynasty pyramid is slightly shorter than his father's
though it might seem larger because it was built on a higher
ground. Its original height was 143.5 meters (471 feet) but
is now 136.5 meters (448 feet).
The pyramid has two chambers and was also robbed in ancient
times, however the royal granite sarcophagus
remains in the burial chamber. Observe the peak of the pyramid,
as this is the only one in the plateau that retained part
of the casing used to cover its sides.
To the east of the pyramid lies the remains of Khafre's mortuary
temple and its valley temple lies beside the Sphinx.
The two temples are connected by a causeway.
The whole complex is a good example of the Old