10 Interesting Facts About The Pyramids Of Giza
The world knows Egypt for its pyramids. You must have heard about the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. They are the largest & most popular artifacts in the world. In fact, it’s one of the 7 wonders in the world. Today we will talk about 10 interesting facts about the Pyramids of Giza. So let’s check out its top 10 facts.
- The three pyramids of Giza
The three pyramids of Giza are the most famous pyramids in Egypt, but there are about 140 pyramids in total that have been discovered in the area of
- The oldest Egyptian pyramid
The oldest Egyptian pyramid is believed to be the Step Pyramid of Djoser, which was built in the Saqqara necropolis during the 27th century BC.
- The largest pyramid
While the Pyramid of Djoser is considered the oldest, the Pyramid of Khufu (also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the largest. The original height of the pyramid was 146.5 meters, the current height is 138.8 meters.
- Seven Wonders of the World
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is the last in existence.
- Workers involved in construction
Estimates of the number of workers involved in building the pyramids differ significantly, but could have been as many as 100,000 people.
- They were built on the west bank of the Nile River
All the pyramids in Egypt were built on the west bank of the Nile River, as being the place of sunset, it is associated with the realm of the dead in Egyptian mythology.
- Author of the first pyramid
The earliest known pyramid architect was Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian scholar, engineer, and physician. He is considered the author of the first major pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser.
- Methods used to move and place the stones
While experts generally agree on the hypothesis that the pyramids were built from huge stones carved with copper chisels from stone quarries, the methods used to move and place the stones remains the matter of debate and speculation.
- Destroy the pyramids
There was an attempt to destroy the pyramids of Giza in the 12th century. Al-Aziz, a Kurdish ruler and second Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, tried to tear them down but had to give up because it was too big. However, he was successful in damaging Menkaure’s pyramid where he left a large vertical gash on its north face.
- They are precisely aligned
The three pyramids of Giza are precisely aligned with the constellation of Orion, which could have been the builders’ intention because the stars of Orion are associated with Osiris, the god of rebirth and beyond, by the ancient Egyptians.