smallest of the Giza Pyramids is that of Menkaure. The pharoah,
who ruled for at least 26 years, died before his furerary
complex was completed, and parts of it were finished by his
son Shepseskaf. Many additions were made to the complex during
the Fifth and Sixth dynasties, indicating that, despite his
untimely death, the king's cult flourished for more than three
centuries. Originally about 240 feet high, the pyramid now
measures 204 feet on a base of 357 feet wide.
The causeway, which is 1,995 feet (608m) long, was never finished
properly, although Menkaure's son, Shepseskaf, finished it
off with mudbrick after his father's death. Had the work been
completed properly, it would have been walled and roofed all
the way down to the valley temple.
queen's pyramids present some fascinating evidence. The eastern
one was finished in limestone and granite casing, and has
the structure of a ka satellite pyramid - however a granite
sarcophagus was found in it, and it had a mortuary temple,
which suggests that it was re-used for a queen's burial. The
other two pyramids were either built intentionally as step
pyramids or left unfinished, which suggests that, at least
here, core and casing did not rise together.