Pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza Egypt July 2010

Two million stone blocks stacked on top of each other.  The GREAT Pyramid is also known as  the Pyramid of  Pharaoh Khufu.  Of the Seven Wonders of the World, this is the oldest and the most intact. By most estimates, it took 20 years to build back around 2560 BC.  For 3,800 years, this was the tallest man-made structure in the world.   It is 455 feet tall now, but may have been taller, settling into the sand over time. While the pyramid is not hollow, it is not solid either.  There are three known chambers inside, there could be more. Nearby, there are three smaller pyramids for Khufu’s three wives.

You will notice the “cap” of brighter colored stones at the top.  These stones were made of alabaster, and covered the other structural stones. The alabaster reflected the sunlight and served as a beacon when the sun hits it.

The Great Pyramid

As amazing as the size is, think of this–the 80 ton stones that made up the burial tomb for the King are made of granite, which probably came from Aswan, which is 500 miles away! It would be like trying to carry these rocks from Atlanta to Tampa.

The smaller tombs for the Kings' sons

The closest business ot the Great Pyramid is--you guessed it, a pizza Hut/ Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant

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