This brilliant digital creation is by Berlin artist and photographer, Julian Herbrig. Here we see his friend Rime having a blissful moment on the corner stones of Khufu's Great Pyramid of Giza.
When the pyramids were new, each side presented a flawless, level plane. The effect must have been dazzling. However, once the outermost layer of casing stones was first shaken by earthquake and then shifted by man in the late Middle Ages, the backing stones beneath came into view. These blocks, once connecting the core stones and the smooth outer mantle, were the next to go. The remaining core blocks, which make up the bulk of the pyramid, are the courses that visitors clamber upon today.
It is thought that the top quarter of Khafre's pyramid was spared the total deprivation of its fine dressing simply because the pyramid's slightly steeper angle made it more difficult for the stone robbers.
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