Facts about the Great Pyramids of Giza
As the name says the ‘Great’ Pyramids of Giza these pyramids were always of great importance to the Egyptian civilization. We have some amazing facts about these pyramids –
• the great pyramid is one of the three pyramids made in Giza and The original height of the pyramid was 146.5 meters, and the present height is 138.8 meters.
• it is the tallest pyramids of all the threes pyramid in the complex. it was built for Pharaoh Khufu of 4th Dynasty Egypt, so it is also known as Khufu’s Pyramid. It is believed that this structure could be seen from as far as mountains of Israel and as high as the moon.
• The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the last one existing at the moment.
• the weight of pyramid is estimated at 5.9 million tons and about 2.3 million stone blocks were used in the construction of the pyramid.
• The complete construction took 23 years with 20000-30000 skilled and unskilled laborers.
• The total area covered by pyramid is about 22 acres.
• The Khufu’s pyramid is probably the only pyramid in the world that have slightly concave faces.
• Due to indentation of laser precision the four sides of pyramid is divided in halves that means there are eight sides. And this wonderful scenario cannot be seen through found, you can view it from aerial view with perfect weather.
• The internal temperature of the pyramid is always a constant of 68 degrees Fahrenheit which is the Earth’s average temperature.
• Khufu’s pyramid is the last pyramid with a swivel door. swivel door could easily be opened from the inside but was undetectable from the outside.
In the 12th century, an attempt was made to destroy the pyramids of Giza. Al-Aziz, the Kurdish ruler and the second sultan of the Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, tried to demolish them, but he had to surrender, as this task was too large-scale. However, he managed to damage the Menkaure’s Pyramid, where, due to his attempts, the vertical yawning pit remained in its northern slope.
The three pyramids of Giza are precisely aligned in accordance with the constellation of Orion (Constellation of Orion), which could well be the idea of the builders, since the stars of Orion were associated with Osiris, the god of regeneration and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian mythology.
• Khufu’s pyramid is the only pyramid on earth that have slight concave indentations dividing every face into two equal halves that are actually 8 sides. This is only visible on a dusk or dawn on the equinox of spring and autumn from the sky.
• The pyramid is the most accurately aligned structure of the time and faces true north with only 3/60th of a degree of error. And it is built on the geographical center of the Earth on specific lines of longitude and latitude.
• About 4000 years ago, these pyramids were covered by casing stones (polished limestone) which made the pyramids shine like a jewel so powerfully that this would look like a shining star on the Earth from the moon. Thus the Egyptian name – ‘Ikhet’ that means glorious light.
• The pyramids are precisely aligned to the stars of the constellation of Orion, which were considered to be gods by ancient Egyptians. This reference can be seen in the movie Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen.
• Frederic Norden, a Danish explorer described a fourth main pyramid in his book – Travels in Egypt and Nubia in 1755 AD, which was supposedly darker than the other pyramids and mysteriously disappeared.
• Through radar and sonar photography, secret passages and chambers were discovered; these are believed to reveal secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilization and thus are heavily guarded by the Egyptian government.
• The height above the sea level of Khufu’s pyramid is 5449 inches. Surprisingly the height of the pyramid happens to be 5449 inches.
• Although pyramids are known for hieroglyphics, surprisingly there are no hieroglyphics or writings inside the great pyramid of Giza.
• It is believed that the pyramid once had a 20-ton swivel door, which could easily be opened from the inside but was undetectable from the outside.
• interestingly there was no mention of the great pyramids in ancient manuscripts and hieroglyphs for about 3000 years of its existence. This period is still left to be deciphered.
• The Great Sphinx is still considered to be one of the largest stone statues in the world (241 feet long and 66 feet high) facing the rising sun in the east.