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Pyramid of Khafre

The first built and last standing of the original wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza remained the tallest human structures for 3800 years. The Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) seen here was built around 2570 BC (4587 years ago) to a height of 143.5 m (471 ft). Originally covered by casing stones that formed a smooth polished white outer surface made of Tura limestone; what is seen today is the underlying core structure after the valuable outer stones were loosened by earthquakes and robbed reducing the height to 136.4 metres (448 ft). It is unknown when the casing stones were removed however they were still in place in 1646 AD when John Greaves, professor of Astronomy at Oxford University visited and wrote Pyramidographia. It was built as the tomb of the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh Khafre (Chefren), who ruled from c. 2558 to 2532 BC. Shot taken on Film.