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1. Pyramids of Giza

2. Khufu (Cheops)

3. Inside

4. Solar boat and pits

5. Queen's pyramids

6. Khafre (Chephren)

7. Inside

8. Mortuary Complex

9. Menkaure (Mycerinus)

10. Inside

11. Views from the top

12. The Sphinx

13. Sphinx Temple

14. Mastabas

15. Seshemnufer 4

16. Neferbauptah

17. Iymery

18. Tomb of Khentkawes

19. The modern city

20. House boats

21. Roberts' Giza



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Solar boat and boat pits

Giza, Pyramids, Solar Boat

Boat pit in front of Pyramid of Khufu, Giza, Egypt

One of the two huge boat pits right in front of the eastern side of the Pyramid of Khufu.

There are several boat pits near the pyramid of Khufu, 5 to the east and 2 to the south. The designers of the pyramid complex designed it all as a port for the Netherworld. The boats would bring the pharaoh and the royal family on the eternal journey of the sun, which they embarked upon in the world beneath the surface of the world.
The solar boat which now is exhibited in the Solar Boat Museum (ticket ŁE20, ŁE10 for students) was discovered in 1954 in 1224 separate parts. It appears that the boat was deliberately dismantled.
The reconstruction took 14 years, but was helped by U-shaped holes allowing for the boat to be stitched together by ropes or vegetable fibres. The boat is an impressive 43 metres long and 6 metres wide.
Giza, Pyramids, Solar Boat

By Tore Kjeilen