Great Pyramid of Giza in 3D

Great Pyramid of Giza in Google EarthThe Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the world, can be seen in the satellite photos of Google Earth. But, it is just a 2D photo on a hill of terrain, not the actual structure. Yesterday, someone called ‘atf’ at the Google Earth Community posted an excellent 3D model of the Great Pyramid which also shows the interior chambers by making the walls of the pyramid transparent. Once you load the model, you need to turn off the “Terrain Layer” to see the full model. He has provided a number of camera views – look at the “Views” folder and then double click on the various views. This lets you get a close look at the entrance, Queen’s chamber, the King’s chamber, etc.

Two weeks ago I posted an article about the tomb of King Tut which also used similar 3D techniques. I expect many other interesting archaelogical sites will be created for visualization like this.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I am very interested in getting the SketchUp model Great Pyramid of Giza in 3D showing the walls of the pyramid transparent. Can I download it and if so how do I do it? thanks Steven Myers

  2. Steven, you can find several Giza pyramid 3D models at the Google 3DWarehouse here:

  3. I am really interested in the model at the top of this page. Can I download it?? If I can I do not know how.

  4. Steven, I don’t believe the author (‘atf’ at the GEC) has published his SketchUp file. You could try sending him a private message from the GEC by following the link to his post in the blog entry.

  5. safayat ibrahim scholastica says:

    I just start class std-3. I got new subject,history.Today I read about Egyptian history.I asked my father how egyptian people enter in the pyramid , my fathre show this sketch. Thanks google earth, thanks Mr.Frank Tayior.

  6. safayat ibrahim Scholastica says:

    I am only 10 years old.Iread in std-3.After observing the sketch now iknow how the egyptian people enter in the pyramid .Thanks Mr Frank taylor.

  7. Mahdi Alemi says:

    I need your pictures for a project. May i take some of them please? 🙂

  8. i need some info for a school project and i was wordering if i could use some of yours?

  9. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of a great 3D graphic, I wish I’d seen this a few weeks ago when I was doing a graphic of the great pyramid swinging door mechanism.
    I’ve been to Egypt many times in fact I spent 25 years in North Africa and Arabia during my pipeline construction career.
    My blog is more a website dealing with realities and as such I had to use some ancient Egyptian symbols in order to explain the nature of realities as seen by our ancient ancestors.
    One thing I learned as chief inspector was believe absolutely nothing, ever, then begin to comprehend instead.
    Anyway for those who are interested in Ancient realities and the workings of the beautiful pyramids they created, my blog will amaze you. Like I say, don’t believe…comprehend.

  10. please help, i don’t know how to find or turn off the terrain layer( I downloaded google earth yesterday)… i really need to use this graphic for my presentation.
    from newbie needing help.
    thank you

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