Egypt Pyramids: Wonders of the Ancient World

At the heart of Egypt, in the northern part of Africa, a jaw dropping construction lies in awe.

 

The great pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and almost the only one remaining intact.

 

Have you wondered about the story of the Great Pyramid of Giza? Whom was it built for? And who built it? Let’s discover that!

 

“This story conceals more than it reveals. The world still hides more!”

 

The greatest of all Egypt Pyramids was built for Pharaoh Khufu, the successor of Sneferu and the 2nd king of the 4th dynasty. 

 

Do wonder what makes Khufu’s pyramid the largest pyramid of the world? It’s magnificent dimensions. The pyramid’s sides have a base average of (230 meters), and and original height of (147 meters).

 

Scientists of Egyptology – the study of the Egyptian history- believe that the pyramid represents a tomb for the fourth dynasty’s Pharaoh, Khufu, who reigned for 20 years. 

 

For more than 3,800 years, the great Pyramid of Giza was deemed the tallest man-made structure in the world. Surprisingly, the pyramid weighs more than 6 million tons, and uses more than 2.3 million blocks of limestone and granite.

 

The type of used blocks is not just a piece of info to entertain you; however, it opens the door for endless questions about the nature of the structure.

 

The Pyramids are located at the desert or that is what we can see nowadays. Anyways, the location is known for sedimentary rocks which are the farthest from Granite. Limestone is one of the stones that found in the construction and also belong to the rock nature, but what about Granite. Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock, and it certainly does not belong to the location. 

 

I am not going to sidetrack this subject matter into a geology class, but just keep in mind that the used granite was brought from Aswan! Imagine transporting tons of blocks of granite for 1000 kilometers, thousands of year ago. What technology they used to handle that insane weight. What fierce animals where used to carry that unimaginable weight? 

Many questions leave us perplexed and confused.

 

When you look at the tip of pyramid, you can easily notice an eroded white layer like a coating. The great pyramid was originally covered with limestone making a smooth outer later, and what we today is the underlying core structure.. 

 

 

 

References:

 

https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/the-egyptian-pyramids

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pyramid_of_Giza

 

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