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The Great Pyramid of Giza

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JohnMichael Holtmann

on 2 October 2012

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By: John Michael Holtmann The Great Pyramid of Giza When Was It Built? The Great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2500 B.C. It is hard to say exactly when the pyramid was built. It is one of the oldest pyramids in the world. It still remains the tallest pyramid in the world today. Where was it built? The Great Pyramid was built in Giza. This is ten miles north of modern day Cairo. Giza is a necropolis of ancient Memphis. Giza is located on the west bank of the Nile, on the Giza plateau. Purpose The purpose of the Great Pyramid was to provide a tomb for the pharaoh of the fourth dynasty, Khufu. Does It Still Exist ? The Great Pyramid of Giza is still around today. It is the only one of the seven wonders of the world that still exists today. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest pyramid in the World. Size The Great Pyramid is 184ft(56m) taller than the Statue of Liberty and covers the area of 200 tennis courts. Fun Fact It was originally 485 feet(148 metres) tall. Fun Fact In ancient times, the Great Pyramid was larger than it is in modern times. This is because the limestone covering was removed and was taken away to help build the city of Cairo. Without the covering the pyramid shrank to its current height of 450 feet(137metres). Bibliography 1. Kaplan, Sarah Pitt. The Great Pyramid at Giza: Tomb of Wonders. New York: Children's, 2005. Print. 2. "Egypt Tours Are Powered by History and Nature." Egypt Tours & Travel Packages. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.egypttourinfo.com/>. 4."Travel Tips - USAToday.com." Travel Tips - USAToday.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://traveltips.usatoday.com/>. 3."Dimensions of the Cheops-pyramid (Khufu's Pyramid)." Dimensions of the Cheops (Khufu) Pyramid and Building Materials Involved. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.cheops-pyramide.ch/khufu-pyramid/khufu-numbers.html>. Who Built the Great Pyramid? The pyramid was built by teams of ancient Egyptians. They were ordered to do the work, but they were not slaves. The workers were well treated and given a place to live, food, drink, and time off to rest. How Was It Built? The Great Pyramid contains more than 2 million limestone blocks, each weighing as much as a family car with its passengers. There are 200 layers. It was built with such precision and accuracy that not even a sheet of paper could be slipped between each block. All this was built by hand!
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