Khafra was an ancient Egyptian king (pharaoh) of 4th dynasty during the Old Kingdom  He was the son of Khufu and the throne successor of Djedefre  According to the ancient historian Manetho  Khafra was followed by king Bikheris  but according to archaeological evidences he was rather followed by king Menkaure  Khafra was the builder of the second largest pyramid of Giza  The view held by modern Egyptology at large remains that the Great Sphinx was built in approximately 2500 BC for Khafra  There is not much known about Khafra except the historical reports of Herodotus who describes him as a cruel and heretic ruler who kept the Egyptian temples closed after Khufu had sealed them