The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza | Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Pyramids of Giza | Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Great Pyramid of Giza, is part of the Seven Wonders of the World. The largest pyramid and the oldest of the three is called Giza Necropolis (As pictured above, it’s the furthest North). Giza was built as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. This structure is a marvel of the ancient world and stands as the largest pyramid ever built. These structures captivated the world and created a field of study known as EGYPTOLOGY.

Around 2550 B.C., this structure took 20 years to build and had an its original height topped 147 meters tall (481 ft). Unfortunately, due to EROSION over time, Giza has become shorter to about 139 meters tall. Researchers mention that the Great Pyramid contains about 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing about 2.5 to 15 tons separately. This means that Egyptian workers needed to set a block on the pyramids foundation every two and a half minutes.

The Great Pyramid of Giza | mummies2pyramids

Inside the Great Pyramid | mummies2pyramids

Quick Facts:

  • This is the largest pyramid of all three pyramids that border El Giza in Egypt.
  • Three burial chambers can be seen inside of this pyramid.
  • To visit the king’s chamber you have to start at the entrance and go downward with caution. You will reach a section where you can continue to crawl downward or crawl upward to the king’s chamber. All this is done while being hunched over through small passageways.
  • The king’s chamber is accessed via the 26-foot-high (8-meter-high) Grand Gallery, which was sealed off from thieves by sliding granite blocking systems.
  • Archeologist have not found any writings or hieroglyphics inside of this tomb, as of now.
  • The Great Pyramids weigh 6.5 million tons altogether!

(Deconstructing History – The Great Pyramids of Giza | National Geographic | YouTube)

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  1. Why is the Great Pyramid considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world?
  2. Where is the Great Pyramid situated on earth?
  3. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built for the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu and part of a complex of three large pyramids. Watch the video and name all the three pyramids from the smallest to the largest in size.


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43 replies

  1. It is the oldest pyramid in Egypt.
    It is located in Egypt.
    The other pyramids are called Menkaure and Khafre.

  2. I think is cool that they talk about a pyramid.

  3. the three pyramids from smallest to greatest are Menkaure,Khafre,and Khufu

  4. How people make pyramids a person have workers that do it in the really hot heat

  5. the pieramid of giza has seven pieramids

  6. Thanks Mr.Rosales and i will go to it.

  7. Hi Mr. Rosales how did you come up with the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    • Hello tocos. There is a story called Seeker of Knowledge by James Rumford. The story is about a real person, a boy named Jean-Francois Champollion who deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphs. A connection to the story is the Great Pyramid of Giza. In this post you can learn that Archeologist have not found any writings or hieroglyphics inside of this tomb, as of now. You too can be a ‘seeker of knowledge,’ with focus and discipline in a subject that you enjoy, just like James.

  8. Hi Lauro and it was fun learning about Egyptians.

  9. It’s fun to learn about the Egyptians and discover the past and how it was like how they traveled and survive in the hot sun a lot but they used the longest river the Nile river.

  10. The three pyramids are Menkaure,Khafre,Khufu.

  11. 1.It is one of the wonders of the world because it was the structure itself with its perfect symmetry and imposing height which impressed ancient visitors.2. The pyramid is situated in Al Ahram, Giza Governorate, Egypt . 3. Menkaure, Khafre, Khufu are the 3 pyramids .

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