The Great Pyramid of Giza

great pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Pyramid is a structure with square base having triangular faces on its four sides meeting at a point on the top. It looks like a prism.

About the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and it is the only wonder which is existing. It is located in Giza city of Egypt. It is the oldest and largest pyramid among the three pyramids in Giza necropolis, Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza

It was built by the Egyptian king named Pharoah Khufu in 26th century BC. Pharoah was the king of the 4th dynasty. it is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu because it is served as the tomb for the 4th dynasty Egyptian King Paroha Khufu.

Egyptian king Pharoah Khufu
Egyptian king Pharoah Khufu

About The great Pyramid of Giza construction

It is believed that the pyramid have been built over a period of around 20 years and nearly 100,000 men worked its construction. The pyramid was constructed using limestone, granite and basalt. When it was built the original height of the pyramid was 146.5 m that is 481 feet. The great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest structure on the the Earth for more than 43 centuries. Over the years the smooth limestone casing got removed and the height of the pyramid was dropped. Present the height of the pyramid is 138.5 m that is 454.4 feet. The base of the pyramid is square with each side measuring 229 m that is 751 feet in length, it covers about 13 acres of land. The pyramid structure consists of nearly 2 million blocks of stones and each stone weighing more than 2 tons.

Pyramid construction
Pyramid construction

What’s inside the great pyramid of Giza

The entrance of the pyramid is on the North face and the king’s chamber is located at the center of the pyramid which is only accessible through the grand gallery. On the other side there are a number of galleries, escape shafts and corridors which lead the way to the kings burial chamber and might have also been planned to serve some other purpose.

Kings chamber inside the pyramid
Kings chamber inside the pyramid

Three pyramids

  • Along with The Great Pyramid of Giza there are also two other pyramids in Egypt.
  • The Pyramid of Khafre of 138m height is serving as the tomb for the Egyptian king Khafre.
  • The Pyramid of Menkaure of 61m is serving as tomb for king Menkaure.
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramid of Menkaure

(“The Hanging Gardens of Babylon”)

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