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Spotlight History: The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza is an icon of Egypt, it is one of the seven wonders of the world.  With over 2 million blocks of stone and 479 feet tall. Until the Eiffel tower was made, it was one of the largest structures made by man for over 3,000 years. It took roughly 20 years for the pyramid to be built between 2589-2566 BCE. Engineers of today are still astonished by how the Great Pyramids were built. There was no record kept on the building theory that was used, mainly because it was second nature to the Egyptians. 

Some of the bricks that were shaped and made for the pyramids were sourced from Aswan which is over 500 miles away. Again, this is amazing to think, when there were no resources like we have today.

The Pyramids were once covered in a limestone casing that made them look white, they gave off such a polished effect that the sun rays reflected off the pyramids. However, over time the casting came away from the pyramids due to earthquakes or to be repurposed




Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza is a solid granite coffer, however, the coffer is too big to fit through the passageway into the pyramid causing engineers to believe that the pyramids were built around the coffer, rather than to be placed inside.


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