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Student Stories on the Great Pyramid of Giza - The Great Pyramids of Giza by Brooke Massey & Miranda Steele

King Khufu was the second pharaoh of Egypt's 4th Dynasty. One of the first pyramids was actually built in Egypt.

A pyramid, called the Great Pyramid at Giza, was made with more than two million stones for King Khufu. Such pyramids took over 10 years to make and required over 10 tons of stone! They used to make pyramids like this for awhile.

All of this happened around 2,550 B.C. Pyramid after pyramid was being built here in Egypt! It took 10 years just to build the ramp that leads to the Nile River.

How did they carry over 2 tons of stone more than 500 hundred miles you ask? It’s not an easy question to answer, but the answer is the stones were held up by ramps using ropes of papyrus twine and other materials.

 

When the first pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty died, they had a burial place in Memphis, Egypt—the city where they reigned—known as Saqqara. Egypt's oldest praymid was built there.

Giza's three pyramids were built a little later during the 4th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom. There are many different things to do and to see. So look some of the stuff up because some of it is really interesting!!!

I encourage all of you to research some of this because it’s pretty amazing! Giza has three pyramids that are still intact to this day! A little fun fact? These pyramids were built in 2550 to 2490 B.C so that's thousands and thousands of years! 

The Great Pyramid was the largest monument as of earlier this century. This pyramid was built near the plateau of the Pyramid of Giza. This pyramid was the last survivor of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Giza’s three pyramids and the sphinx were built during the Fourth Dynasty.

        

Fun Facts!
  • Over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.

  • Although it had lost around 33 feet in height, some of the pyramids still stand 480 feet above ground.

  • Almost all of the Egyptian Pyramids were located on the western bank of the Nile river.

  • For 3800 years the Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in the world.
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last standing of the Seven Wonders. There was an attempt to destroy the pyramids but they only were able to do a small amount of damage so they had to give up.

  • The Pyramid of Giza has 2,300,000 stone blocks that each weigh anywhere from 2-50 tons.

  • Despite the heat in the desert inside the pyramids, it was 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Original Release: May 22, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 11, 2017


Footnotes:
1) Sean Ellis, The Seven Wonders of the World , https://www.flickr.com, Mar/27/2009, May/22/2017, https://www.flickr.com/photos/s_w_ellis/3859524452/in/album-72157622150164054/
2) Digr Cacahuate , The Seven Wonders of the World , https://commons.wikimedia.org, Jul/05/2008, May/23/2017, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Egypt_ru.png
3) Berthold Werner , The Seven Wonders of the World, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saqqara_BW_5.jpg, Nov/03/2010, May/23/2017, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saqqara_BW_5.jpg
4) Ricardo Liberato, The Seven Wonders of the World , https://en.wikipedia.org, Jun/19/2006, May/24/2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_pyramids#/media/File:All_Gizah_Pyramids.jpg
5) Aaron Strong, The Seven Wonders of the World , http://www.pbs.org, Feb/10/1997, May/26/2017, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/explore/gizahistory.html

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