National Geographic : 1913 Sep
Photo from Alexander Aaronsohn THE SECOND PYRAMID The Second Pyramid, the tomb of Khafra, is not of such perfect workmanship as the Great Pyramid,though itisinsome respects better pre served. All three pyramids were originally sheathed from base to summit in magnificent casings of limestone, which were so skilfully laid and finished tlat it was almost impossible to discern the joints. These casings remained intact until the13th century of our era, when the Moslem builders of Cairo despoiled the pyramids to obtain material for the mosques and palaces of their city. All that now remains isatthe apex of the Second Pyramid, as can be seen in the picture. This masonry cap extends for 15o feet and furnishes anexcellent scale bywhich some idea ofthe vast mass of this great monument may be obtained.