The Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Great Pyramid of Giza

Who built the Great Pyramid?

The Great Pyramid was built by the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. Khufuwas

born in 2589 BC - 2566 BC. His real name was Khnum-khuf meaning 'the

god Khnum is his protection. Khufuwas the son of another great pyramid

builder, King Sneferu. Khufu's mothers name was Hetepheres. Khufuwas

the second king in the 4th dynasty. The Greeks referred Khufu as

Cheops

When and Where was the Great Pyramid built?

The Great Pyramid was built in the city of Giza, a resting place of

ancient Memphis, and today it is part of Greater Cairo, Egypt. That's

why it is called the Great Pyramid of GIZA. It is near the west bank

of the Nile River. It was built around 2700 B C and its estimated date

of completion is 2680 B C. It took 100,000 oppressed slaves to build

the pyramid.

Fascinating Facts about the Great Pyramid of Giza

Did you know that the Great pyramid of Giza is thirty times larger

than the Empire State Building! The Great Pyramid is so big that a

highway lane eight feet wide and four inches thick could be built from

San Francisco to New York and put inside the Great Pyramid! To build

the great pyramid, they used limestone. Each limestone block weighed

about 2 and 15 tonnes. They used approximately 2,300,000 blocks of

limestone. Until the 19th century it was the tallest building in the

world and, at the age of 4,500 years, it is the only one of the famous

"Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" that still stands They needed to

cut, move, and set in place all the blocks without any machinery,

electricity, fossil fuels, or metal tools. They had to use their hands

and hand made tools! Do...

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the jobs of the men who dig out the stones or limestone, stone

haulers, encasing smoothers, or bakers. Each job was important. If one

of the jobs weren't done properly, the Great Pyramid of Giza would not

have turned out to be one of the Great Wonders of the world

Why was the Great Pyramid built?

The Great Pyramid was built during Khufu's time in power (2551 BC -

2528 BC). The great pyramid was built while Khufu was the pharaoh. The

Great Pyramid of Giza was built for Pharaoh Khufu so when he dies, it

would be served as his tomb. Pharaoh Khufu could have built his

pyramid because many of the other pyramids in the area have been found

to be burial chambers for the various kings of Egypt The pyramid was a

place where Pharaoh Khufu's body and belongings were placed, so it

would be ready for the after life.

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