Pyramids of Giza have always been the most iconic and has rightly won the title of “Wonder”. They were built as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and took around 20 years to complete. The pyramid was built with such precision which even today’s technology will not be able to replicate. Do you know something about this site? Here we bring some of the interesting facts which you might not have heard about.
Famous in Egypt
There are around 130 other pyramids spread in Egypt. Of these the famous three, Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the most famous ones in Giza Plateau.
Pyramids of Giza are known to be the oldest and last remaining wonders of the Ancient world. Some of the oldest ones which no longer exist today include Lighthouse of Alexandria, Colossus of Rhodes and Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Million Stone Blocks
The Great Pyramid had been built with more than two million stone blocks weighing from two to fifty tons each and some blocks even more than 50 tons.
Almost all pyramids in Egypt are located on the west bank of River Nile from where the sun sets in the evening.
The pyramids were covered with the casing made of glimmering limestone which over time either disappeared on got loosened due to earthquakes or were cut loose and taken to build other structures.
Despite being hot outside in Egypt, the interior temperature of the pyramid remains at 20 C which is the average temperature of the Earth.
It is said that there have been no writings or hieroglyphics found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.
There is a Granite coffer placed inside the main chamber of the Great Pyramid. It is believed that the whole pyramid is built around this coffer rather than this being brought inside.
The cornerstone foundations of the pyramid built in a ball and socket construction was a perfect example of how advanced Egyptians were. These were capable of dealing with earthquakes and heat expansion.
The Great Pyramid had swivel door weighing around 20 tons and was easy to be pushed open from the inside. If looked from outside it was hard to locate as it was perfectly fit.