Tourists climbing the Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), Egypt
Albumen print, 1880s
Khufu's Pyramid is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, originally standing some 481 feet high and covering approximately 13 acres of land. In the later half of the nineteenth century, Egypt enjoyed great popularity as a tourist destination, and this view became one of the most popular of the tourist market. Not only was it "a perfect memento of the highlights" of the Grand Tour, but it was ideal for the "'armchair traveller'", i.e. one who was unable to visit the actual site.