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The Pyramid of Giza in ancient Egypt
Great Pyramid of Giza on Wikipedia
The Great Pyramid of Giza (called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over an approximately 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 metres (480.6 ft), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years, the longest period of time ever held for such a record. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There have been varying scientific and alternative theories about the Great Pyramid's construction techniques. Most accepted construction hypotheses are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place.
There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. The lowest chamber is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and was unfinished. The so-called Queen's Chamber and King's Chamber are higher up within the pyramid structure. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only pyramid in Egypt known to contain both ascending and descending passages. The main part of the Giza complex is a setting of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives, an even smaller "satellite" pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles.
Travel to the Giza Pyramids
The lion-bodied Sphinx guards the three Pyramids of Giza. These Giza pyramids are the location to which the bodies of King Cheops, Kefren, and Mykerinos were ferried via the Nile for burial in preparation for their journey to the afterlife.
The largest of the Giza pyramids is the oldest and finest of the three and is known as the "Great Pyramid"-this is Cheop's pyramid. Until the end of the 19th century, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world. However, despite being 4 meters shorter, Cheop's son and successor's pyramid generally evokes a bigger first impression because it is on higher ground and has a limestone cap still intact—this is Kefren's pyramid.
Mykerino's pyramid is the smallest of the pyramids of Giza, though it compensates for its lack of size with its outstanding valley and funerary temples.
Giza Sites to See on Escorted Tours to Egypt:
America Israel Travel suggests that those taking Egypt trips see the Solar Boat Museum, one of the three pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx Complex, and the Sphinx Sound and Light Show.
The necropolis of Giza is the final resting spot of the Pharaoh's family and his high officials. Within the mastabas and minor pyramids of Giza lay buried the queens and royal courtiers. Additional tombs hold engineers and craftsmen that worked to create these epic structures.
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