With its scale in mind, the size and complexity of the project mirrors that of the pyramids -- Khufe, Khafre, and Menkaure
-- that sits at its base.
The itinerary contains the Narmer Palette, the triad of king Menkaure
, and the Sphinx of King Amenemhat III.
The ministry says it will close down the third pyramid, that of King Menkaure
, to start restoration there.
GEM's lobby will host the statue of King Ramesses II and the column of his son King Merneptah, the grand staircase will include 87 royal statues and large architectural elements including a statue of Kings Khafre, Menkaure
, Senusret, Akhenaten and Amenhotep III.
Mark Lehner identifies and describes four phases in the building of Khentkawes I's monument at Giza, namely the excavation of a pedestal at the center of a quarry from the reigns of Khufu to Menkaure
; stone works, done in concert with stone parts of Menkaure
's complex and completed during that king's reign; mud brick works, including Khentkawes' town and enclosure wall, done in concert with Shepseskaf's push to complete his predecessor's complex; and later restorations and additions, dating to the Fifth Dynasty.
When it opens next year, visitors to the Grand Egyptian Museum will be able to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure
through the glass wall that fronts the galleries.
Among their topics are an image of the Egyptian king according to non-Egyptian evidence, the Egyptian "re-conquest of Nubia" in the New Kingdom--some thoughts on the legitimization of pharaonic power in the south, the cultic relationship of the Menkaure
Triads to the small step pyramids, legitimization through innovative tradition--perspectives on the use of old models in royal and private monuments during the Third Intermediate Period, whether the South-Saqqara circumcision scene is a fragment of an Old Kingdom birth legend, and sanctuary meret and the royal cult.
The Pyramid of Menkaure
is EGP 10 for Egyptians and EGP 5 for Egyptian students.
Bradley suggests that this continual building of pyramids shows an excessive use of resources, especially those of Sneferu, Menkaure
, Khut & Khafre.
Summary: Move follows arrest of 3 horsemen after they appeared in a video selling blocks near Menkaure
Pyramid to undercover reporters
Constructed between 2589 and 2504BC, the Egyptian pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure
, built in that order, are a testament to ancient planning and engineering.
"Two curators were arrested while replacing a pharaonic statue of (fourth dynasty) King Menkaure
, discovered in Luxor's Karnak temple, and an ancient lantern with fake ones," Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Al Damati said in a statement.