The Sphinx of Giza
photography by Zbigniew Kosc
Zbigniew Kosc, The Zoser pyramid of Sakkara, 1998
Zbigniew Kosc, The pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza, 2000

About half past three we are almost on the edge of the desert, the three Pyramids looming up ahead of us. The sand , the Pyramids, the Sphinx, all grey and bathed in a great rosy light; the sky perfectly blue, eagles slowly wheeling and gliding around the tips of the Pyramids. We stop before a Sphinx ; it fixes us with a terrifying stare. Its eyes still seem full of life; the left side is stained white by bird-droppings (the tip of the Pyramid of Khephren has the same long white stains); it exactly faces the rising sun, its head is grey, ears very large and protruding like a negro’s, its neck is eroded; from the front it is seen in its entirety thanks to great hollow dug in the sand; the fact that the nose is missing increases the flat, negroid effect. Besides, it was certainly Ethiopian; the lips are thick. Ascent of the Great Pyramid, the one to the right (Kheops). The stones, which at a distance of two hundreds paces seem the size of paving-blocks, are in reality - the smallest of them - three feet high; generally they come up to our chest. It is the sunset that the Pyramids must be seen.
From G. Flaubert’s travel notes

The pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza
The Cheops pyramid of Giza
The Sphinx of Giza


The Step Pyramid of Zoser
The Pyramid of Userkhaf
The Pyramid of Pepy I
The Mastaba el-Fara'un

The Bent Pyramid
The Red Pyramid
The Black Pyramid
The Satelite Pyramid

The Pyramid of Amenemhat I

Abu Sir
The Pyramids of Abu Sir

The Pyramid of Meidum

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Amsterdam 2004

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