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Giza Plateau and Cairo, ISS image

Giza Plateau and Cairo, ISS image

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Caption

Giza Plateau and Cairo, Egypt, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). North is towards upper right. The pyramids at Giza are at centre on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo (right). The River Nile is at far right. These monuments were built between 2600 and 2500 BC, as tombs for the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Up to 230 metres across and 140 metres in height, they were the tallest structures in the world when built. Giza is a rapidly growing region of Cairo. New roads for large new developments are seen as lines in the desert hills at upper left and lower right. Photographed by an Expedition 7 crew member on 18 August 2003.

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