One thing that features in practically everyone’s list on a holiday to Egypt is a trip to the Pyramids. Built for their Kings or Pharaohs, the pyramids of Egypt are
one of the most spectacular and magnificent man made structures in history & one such structure is the ‘Great pyramid of Giza’
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It’s astonishing how such marvelous & huge structures were raised to perfection at a time during when modern machinery & drilling methods weren’t in fashion. More than 4,000 years later, the Egyptian pyramids still quite brilliantly reflect Egypt’s rich and glorious past attracting tourists from all across the globe.
Here’s more on the great pyramid of Giza and what makes it so special –
Built as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, the Great pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. It took almost 20 years to build this massive 481 feet structure, which stood as the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years!
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It is the oldest of the seven wonders of the world & the only one to remain largely intact.
Based on some estimations, we can conclude that 5.5 million tonnes of limestone, 8,000 tonnes of granite & 500,000 tonnes of mortar were used in the construction of the Great Pyramid. The pin point accuracy is so high that the four sides of the base have an average error of only 58 millimetres in length. Now that’s some accuracy!
There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid & it is also the only pyramid in Egypt known to contain both ascending and descending passages. On the whole, a must visit place during your visit to Egypt.
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EzeeTip - Once done with your sightseeing, you can also indulge in camel & horse riding.
Some Awesome Facts
Here are some quick facts about the Great pyramid of Egypt –
Over 2,300,000 stone blocks have been used towards the construction of the pyramid. While each block weighs between 2 to 30 tons, there are some heavy duty ones that weigh over 50 tons!
The base of the pyramid covers 55,000 m2 with each side greater than 20,000 m2 in area.
The four faces of the pyramid are slightly concave, the only pyramid to have been built this way.
Traditionally, ancient Egyptians cut stone blocks by hammering wooden wedges into the stone which were then soaked with water. As the water was absorbed, the wedges expanded, causing the rock to crack.
The Queen’s Chamber is exactly half-way between the north and south faces of the pyramid and measures 18.9 ft north to south, 17.2 ft east to west, and has a pointed roof with an apex 20.4 ft above the floor.
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