Egyptian Pyramids: History and Interesting Facts
The Pyramids are shaped in such a way that it is believed to represent the shining beams of the sun descending on earth. Looking at the pyramid from a distance, it’s a beautiful sight to behold especially due to the white limestone used in their construction.
Number of Pyramids
As of the year 1842, a list of pyramids was released by Karl Richard Lepsius, an archaeologist and a Prussian Egyptologist which put them at almost seventy. There have been instances where pyramids have gone missing and have been later found. They were often buried under the desert sand. Also, the preservation of existing pyramids has been a great challenge for the people of Egypt.
Interesting Facts about the Egyptian Pyramids
- The Great Pyramid of Giza was known to be the highest building by man until the Lincoln Cathedral in England surpassed it in 1311.
- The Pyramid of Cheops is the largest and the oldest.
- The Great Sphinx of Giza, a colossal statue of a half-man and a half lion, protects the Giza Pyramid and it insinuated that Khafre’s face was the image used for the statue.
- Not all of the pyramids were constructed with a pointed triangular top. Some of them were flat at the top. Surprisingly, the Pyramid of Djoser is flat at the top.
- There are myths that these magnificent structures were built by slaves at the time. A rumor that has been proven to be false. History has it that, the pyramids were built by construction workers from families that were not well to do. A historian of Greek origin by name Herodotus was responsible for the rumor about slaves building the pyramids. Considering the fact that these buildings were used as a resting place for Egyptian Pharaohs, it would have been almost impossible to delegate such duties to slaves.
As of today, there has not been a sure answer for how the building of the pyramids was actually done. Considering the fact that more than two million huge pieces of limestone were used in building the pyramids at a time. No one really knows who carried the stones or how they were lifted during the construction. Not having records of how the construction was done makes it even more difficult trying to find answers to how these magnificent structures were put up.
It is believed that an ancient painting on a wall of a man standing in front of a group of men who were pulling a huge carving while the man in front mixed sand with water could be a clue. Initially, this painting was not really given much attention.
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