1 Mar. 2004. <hhttp//search.eb.com>. “Uighur.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 2004.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the most famous pyramid(Barrow). It is over 140 meters high and that makes it the largest pyramid in the world(Barrow). Even though it is massive in size, it only took about 20 years to build(Barrow). People think this pyramid is famous because, it is very large and was built before the major advancements in technology. Another reason, why people think the pyramid is famous is because, it is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World(Great).
159-160. -  Bauval, R & Gilbert, A, The Orion Mystery, Heinemann, 1994. -  Ritter, M, The Great Pyramid of Khufu, Retrieved April 12, 2005, "The Great Pyramid of Khufu...is the largest pyramid in Egypt and was the tallest man-made structure in the World until 1888."
It is thought that King Djoser's stone tomb started out having the standard shape of a mastaba. Then, as construction progressed, a concept evolved. Imhotep began to place one flat-topped stone structure atop another until he had created six steps by which the king could ascent to the heavens after death. The Egyptians had a firm belief in an afterlife and viewed their pharaohs as gods. These beliefs were a strong force that led to the piling up of stones to such a monumental scale.
The Egyptian Pyramids When most people think of Ancient Egypt they think of Pyramids. To construct such great monuments required a mastery of architecture, social organization, and art that few cultures of that period could achieve. The oldest pyramid, the Step-Pyramids, grow out of the abilities of two men, King Djoser and Imhotep. Djoser, the second king of 3rd dynasty, was the first king to have hired an architect, Imhotep, to design a tomb (Time-Life Books, 74). Imhotep was known as the father of mathematics, medicine, architecture, and as the inventor of the calendar (White, 40).
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.
Myths were also generated to tell the story of the first people to inhabit the earth. The Egyptian mythology elevated these people to the level of Gods and Goddesses by giving them supernatural and special powers. These myths of creation were passed from one generation to the next, either orally or by hieroglyphs painted in sacred temples, pyramids, and sanctuaries. Ancient Egyptians tried to understand their place in the universe. This is why their mythology is centered on nature such as the earth, sky, moon, sun, stars, and the Nile River.
The great importance of these aspects is backed up by the grandeur of the pyramids and the amount of time it must have taken to build them. It challenges my mind to think of how these great buildings were constructed by the Egyptians so long ago. The use of precise measurements and careful architecture is outstanding for a civilization to practice in that period of time. I felt that I needed to look into these ancient landmarks more deeply and research as much is I could about them. Writing this paper is a good way for me to better appreciate and understan... ... middle of paper ... ...lear to see that there isn’t a definite answer to how the Egyptians leveled, designed, and constructed the pyramids.
Thus, the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt stemmed directly from their religion. Egyptian theology, with its deified pharaohs and strange animal-headed gods, was complicated, but the most important belief was that survival after death depended upon the preservation of the body. This belief would influence the architectural design of the tomb, where the corpse was ultimately sealed (Silverman:142, 1997). Immortality was only for privileged royal and priestly beings (Stierlin:54, 1983).This implies that their tombs would be somewhat prestigious and not just and ordinary burial site. At the day of resurrection the Ka or soul would re-enter the dead body; this meant that it must be there, intact, ready for that moment.