Khafre, fourth king of
the 4th dynasty
Khafre was the son of King Khufu and the second builder of the pyramid at
Giza. It is said that he married his sister and possibly two other queens.
Referred to by historians as ambitious, Khafre built his pyramid right next to
his father's and although it was not as vast, he built it on a taller foundation
which gave it the appearance of being larger.
Ego and politics clearly existed back in the Old Kingdom as evidenced by
Khafre's need to make his pyramid as grand as that of his father's. It is noted
that the Sphinx is thought to be the face of Khafre and because of this, some
believe the building of the Sphinx took place around the same time as the
pyramid of Khafre.
|The Dimensions Pyramid
Angle of Slope: 53 degrees
Height: 471 feet
Base Lenght: 705 feet