10 Interesting facts about The Pyramid of Giza

We all know about the Pyramid of Giza as one of the world’s largest and ancient wonder. Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world because of its enormous feature and complex infrastructure.

The Pyramid of Giza was actually built as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.

  • The Pyramid of Giza was actually 480.6 ft tall, but with millennia of erosion, its current height is 455.5 ft tall. Currently, the top is replaced with an iron pyramidion.                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure on earth for over 3800 years.
  • What we see today of The Pyramid of Giza is just the core. It used to be covered by “casting stones”, white slant faced limestone rocks that gave the slope. Many of these casting stones fell due to earthquakes and the rest were carried away by kings for building mosques and other constructions.                                                                                                                        

 

  • The Pyramid of Giza is not a four-faced structure like all other Egyptian Pyramids. It’s an eight-sided structure! The 4 other hidden faces are not always visible to the eye. It can only be seen when viewed from an aerial position from the hollow above and only at some points of the day. Each face is indented at an angle from the center, thus making an eight-sided structure.                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • The King’s chamber consists of two shafts – one in the north and the other in the south. They were first believed to be “air shafts” for ventilation. But now it’s believed to be a part of a ritual plan where it was believed that the king’s soul would travel to heaven through the shafts.                                                                                                                                                              
  • Apparently, the Egyptians were greater scientists than us. The material they used to build The Pyramid of Giza was made of an entirely different substance. Even though the materials are analyzed, the scientists have failed to remake the substance.
  • There are two entrances to the Pyramid of Giza – The original one(left), flanked by angles smooth stones and the modern entrance, (right one). The original entrance is higher up and the modern entrance is lower down.   
  • The faces of the Pyramid is not perfectly flat-faces. It’s a little concave.
  • There are no writings or hieroglyphics inside the Pyramid of Giza.

 

 

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