A Picture Tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza
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(Between 9 and 10) The Great Step in the Grand Gallery
At the top of the Grand Gallery lies a huge stone step which measures 6 feet wide by 3 feet high.  It forms a platform 8 feet deep.  It is very worn and chipped.


(Between 9 and 10) King's Chamber Passage from front of the the Great Step
Past the Great Step is another low, horizontal passage 41 inches square which leads to the King's Chamber.


(Between 9 and 10) King's Chamber Passage (looking south)
A third of a way along this passage, it rises and widens into a sort of antechamber, the south, east and west walls of which are no longer limestone but red granite.


(10) King's Chamber - Entrance door and northern air shaft
The King’s Chamber, made out of granite,  measures about 34 feet by 17 feet and is about 19 feet high.  It should be noted that all the passages in the Great Pyramid are all in the same vertical plane,  parallel to the north-south axis of the pyramid.  They are not in the direct center of the pyramid but off 24 feet to the east of center. Thus the entrance to the pyramid is not in the centerline of the north side, but to the east of it by 24 feet.  Also all the chambers extend westward from the vertical plane of the passage system, and none extend eastward.


(10) King's Chamber - West End with Coffer
The only item ever found in pyramid is the coffer in the King's Chamber.  It is a lidless box cut from a solid block of granite.  It's dimensions are 6 feet 6 inches long, 2 feet 3 inches wide, and 3 feet deep.  It may have once had a sliding lid since there is a ridge along the top edge of the coffer.  It is chipped at one corner.


(Above 10) Campbell's Chamber - The upper most relieving chamber
Above the roof of the King's Chamber are found a series of 5 cavities or chambers.  These have been labeled "relieving chambers"  by Egyptologists since they think that the purpose of these spaces  is to prevent the collapse of the King's Chamber from the tremendous weight of the masonry above the chamber area which amounts to several million tons.  This reason has been recently questioned and the purpose of these chambers is still being debated.


(11) Queen's Chamber Passage with its Drop
As mentioned before, if you continue at the junction of the ascending passage and Grand Gallery through the horizontal passage which runs for 127 feet  you  wind up in the Queen’s Chamber.  This passage is 3 feet 9 inches high and 3 feet 5 inches wide.  A sudden drop of 2 feet occurs towards the end of the passage before the entrance to the Queen's Chamber.

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