A World-Famous Plateau
It is often a dream gateway to a fantasy vision of Egypt, with its mysteries, hieroglyphs and treasures. But most tours are often limited to a quick visit to the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure and the Sphinx. The lure of these three huge “mansions of eternity” and the leonine beast with the human head tends to eclipse the rest.
And yet … over the centuries, the Egyptians built Giza into a vast necropolis rich in lessons about their civilization, revealing their conception of the hereafter, their architectural knowledge, their art and their writing.
Situated on the outskirts of the metropolis of Cairo, Africa’s largest city, the Giza Plateau is a decidedly little-known archaeological jewel subject to threats from all sides, whether from rampant urban sprawl, the elements, or even vandalism. This raises two seemingly incompatible questions:
How can this heritage be preserved, and how can it be shared with as many people as possible?
1500m x 2200m
1094 published books and articles
3841 tombs and monuments
From Photos to an Immersive Experience
More than a century ago, George Reisner, renowned Egyptologist and a founding father of modern scientific archaeology, directed the work of the Harvard University—Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Expedition at the Giza Plateau. Over the last ten years, the impressive collection of photos, diaries, drawings and documents from Giza have been meticulously digitized and made available online by the MFA at Giza Archives. With this information source, Dassault Systèmes reconstructed the Giza Necropolis in the most accurate way possible with Giza 3D, an interactive 3D recreation of the world-famous Plateau.
A New Look at Giza
The Giza 3D experience allows users to roam at will throughout the Necropolis, visit carefully restored tombs, shafts, and connecting burial chambers and enter four of the site’s ancient temples, including Khufu’s and Menkaure’s pyramids.
Be it for the general public, academics, researchers or museums, Giza 3D offers new perspectives to explore a site that still holds many secrets.