The Great Pyramid of Giza is referred to as the oldest and the largest of the three pyramids in Giza Necropolis and the only surviving marvel in the Seven Wonders of the World. It is constructed around 2500 BC and tagged as the tallest building until the inception of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
There are over fourteen million of sandstone blocks that assembles the pyramids. Originally, these blocks are covered in limestone and thanks to Native Egyptians for not stealing it. Instead, they mainly used it as a building material for the pyramid.
What’s inside the Great Pyramid?
Get inside the Great Pyramid and you’ll see its ascending and descending passages. There are three known chambers inside.
- The lowest chamber is the unfinished part that lies 27.5 meters below the ground. Some Egyptologists claim the chamber is built to be the original burial chamber.
- The King’s Chamber is a designed with red granite and its passageway is too short to accommodate a medium height person without bending his knees.
- The Queen’s Chamber is located at the middle part and it’s the smallest chamber of the three. It’s designed in fine limestone blocks and its pented roof is made of large limestone slabs. The real purpose of Queen’s Chamber remains unknown.
Trivia and Fun Facts
- Great Pyramid of Giza is not the biggest pyramid in the world. The biggest one is located in Mexico City.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza covers 13 acres.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza is extremely large and even visible from the Moon.
- The height of Great Pyramid of Giza melts down to 139 m. due to erosion and the loss of pyramidion.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza is called as the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years.
- Total Mass of Great Pyramid of Giza roughly clocks at 5.9 million tons and 2,500,000 cubic meters in volume.
- Other names of Great Pyramid of Giza: Khufu’s Pyramid, Pyramid of Khufu and Pyramid of Cheops