I have a feeling a lot of Wikimapia and Google Earth users have visited the Egyptian Pyramids before, but I still think they are interesting and I am sure there are still many that haven’t seen them. I have also added a more modern version of the pyramids at the end of the post. (Images are clickable for larger versions.)
The Egyptian city of Cairo is in the northeast (upper right) corner of this image with the Giza pyramid complex residing in the southwestern (lower left) outskirts.
Zooming in closer shows the layout of the Giza pyramids. The Pyramid of Khafre is the large pyramid in the center square. The Pyramid of Khufu is the large pyramid in the upper right. The smaller pyramid in the lower left is the Pyramid of Menkaure.
Here we have a closeup shot of the Pyramid of Khufu or the Great Pyramid. It was completed sometime around the year 2560 BC and stands some 481ft/146m high although has lost about 30 feet due to erosion.
No, this isn’t a pyramid. This is the Great Sphinx of Giza, one of the largest single-stone statues on Earth. It resides in the east side of the Giza pyramid complex.
Now I bring you to a modern day marvel: the pyramid of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas seems to be a bit more crowded than Giza!
As we zoom closer in, the distinctive pyramid shape can be seen. While modern, this 350ft (106m) tall pyramid still isn’t as tall as Giza’s Great Pyramid. Like the pyramids in antiquity, a sphinx welcomes in visitors (can be seen on the east side of the pyramid).
The closeup image clearly reveals that this modern construction wasn’t made with back-breaking stones, but with steel and glass. Reflection from the surrounding buildings can be made out from this altitude. This pyramid contains an extremely bright spot light that points directly up from its peak. The sphinx, while white-washed, can be clearly seen as well at the eastern entrance.
Visit the Luxor Hotel at Wikimapia. So there you have two quite different versions of our world’s pyramids. Enjoy!