The Valley Temple in Giza Cairo

The Valley Temple in Giza Cairo


The Valley Temple, according to the accepted theory of mainstream Egyptologists, was the home to Pharaoh Khafre, built in the mid- to late twenty-sixth century BC. It was buried under until the 19th century AD. It is by standards, very original and of simpler design in comparison to the later Temples of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties which are more richly decorated. It is situated about 30 minutes from Downtown Cairo, the Valley Temple is the most visited site along with the 3 Pyramids.  

Built of limestone and faced with polished Aswan granite, the temple faces east and is used to open onto a quay. Beyond a narrow antechamber, you will find a T-shaped hall whose gigantic architraves are supported by square pillars. 

The Temple contains both massive limestone and granite stones of up to 200 tons. No mortar was used and some of the largest were placed 40 feet in the air on the top of the pillars. The granite was quarried at Aswan.

 The Aswan stone quarries (granite)

Aswan lies 934km south from Giza up the Nile river (about 600 miles). For the construction of the pyramids the ancient Egyptians only used building stones in perfect condition and that is only a stone which has been split off.