The Ancient Pyramids of Egypt also known were built over 4,500 years ago when the Pharaoh Khufu ordered the great structure. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest of the three pyramids that border El Giza in Egypt. It is officially one of the seven wonders of the world, and as it stands, it is the oldest man-made structure to be named as such. The ancient pyramids took over 20 years to build and are still known in the history as technological marvels.
Amazing Pyramids of Egypt Facts – Interesting
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The largest of the three ancient Egyptian pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Giza is a whopping 5.9 million tons in weight, and it is composed of approximately 2.3 million stone blocks. It was first known as Khufu’s Horizon and later the name was lost in translation. The experts of the Egyptian Holy glyphs found out its official name in the recent past. When it was originally built in 2550 B.C give or take, its height was estimated to be 147 meters. Due to the atmospheric elements of weathering and erosion, the height now remains at a still impressive 139 meters.
One of the amazing Pyramids of Egypt facts is that it is considered as a technological marvel as even today’s modern science can’t replicate the construction of these pyramids. First of all the placement of the outer mantle is done with 144,000 casing stone blocks that weigh 15 tons each and scientists are stumped at how these massively heavy stones were placed with such precision without the modern technology. Another fact is that these stones are flat to a 1/100th inch of accuracy which helps in creating the amazing symmetry. Some interior blocks weigh even up to a whopping 50 tons.
The Unreplicable Mortar
However, the greatest mystery of the structure is the mortar it is built with. Until this day, scientists and geologists who specialize in Egyptian history have been unable to figure out the origins of these mortar. Sure they know what it is chemically composed of, but that is it. It has thus far proved impossible to reverse engineer the method of creating the mortar. The mortar is one of the amazing pyramids of Egypt facts that they are still standing at an impressive height as it is stronger that the stone the pyramid is built with in the first place.
Facing True North
Another one of the amazing pyramids of Egypt facts is that they are aligned with great accuracy towards the true north. Until this day, it is the most accurately aligned structure with the true north with an accuracy of 3/60th of a degree. It is believed that at the time of the pyramids’ construction they were perfectly aligned without a smidge of error as the North Pole moves over the course of a large period.
The Record for Tallest Structure
The London Cathedral was built in 1311 and became the tallest man-made structure at the time. Before that happened, the Great Pyramid of Giza held the title for over 3871 years. One of the most amazing pyramids of Egypt facts is that the great pyramid also holds the record for the longest reign as the tallest man-made structure.
The ancient Egyptians buried their dead in the burial grounds that were placed strategically in the pyramids. The dead were buried with everyday items and even expensive jewelry depending on the status of the dead Egyptian. The most recent fully intact tomb was recovered in 1922 that of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who was the pharaoh from 1332 BC to 1323 BC, in the Valley of Kings. Tutankhamun was buried with a solid gold funerary mask on his face. Because of the expensive jewelry, tomb raiding was once a very popular profession, and many of the tombs were dismantled and robbed.
Many say because of the novelty of these pyramids that they are the greatest piece of history left behind by the human race. Can’t say that I can argue against that fact.