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Khufu pyramid from the northeast view. Source: dynamofoto/Adobe Stock

Five More Fascinating Facts About Egypt's Pyramids (Video)


Dating back to approximately 2630 BC, the construction of the first pyramid marks a milestone nearly five millennia ago. Ancient Egypt's allure spans centuries, captivating minds with its rich history of conquests and enigmatic tales. Amidst this legacy, the pyramids stand as enduring monuments, symbolizing the ingenuity of a civilization that shaped modern thought and art.

Contrary to popular belief, early pyramids did not feature sloped sides. Djoser's Step Pyramid, the inaugural pyramid, emerged as a square structure, evolving through successive levels into a stepped marvel. Snefru's innovations led to the iconic sloped design, culminating in the Red Pyramid's flawless geometry.

Pharaoh Khufu's architectural prowess birthed the towering Great Pyramid, reigning as the world's tallest edifice until the 14th century AD. Meticulous craftsmanship, exemplified by precise stone cutting and structural integrity, underscores its engineering marvel.

Burial customs reveal ancient Egyptians' beliefs in an afterlife replete with necessities. Unearthed artifacts, including meticulously preserved boats, illuminate their reverence for the departed. These relics offer a tangible connection to their spiritual beliefs and societal structure.

Debunking myths, archaeological evidence refutes the notion of enslaved labor. Instead, a skilled workforce, bolstered by ample provisions, undertook pyramid construction, fostering national unity and socioeconomic advancement. Their dedication and expertise remain a testament to ancient Egypt's ingenuity and organizational prowess.

Guarding Khafre's pyramid, the Sphinx remains an enigma, shrouded in uncertainty regarding its origins and purpose. Despite its mystique, its enduring presence encapsulates the enduring allure of Egypt's pyramids, inviting speculation and admiration.

Top image: Khufu pyramid from the northeast view. Source: dynamofoto/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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