The Great Pyramids of Egypt
When you talk about Egypt, you simply cannot imagine the place without thinking about the Great Pyramids, which are always associated with the country. One of the wonders of the world and one of the most visited tourist spots in the world, the Great Pyramids offer insight into the lives of the ancient Pharaohs.
Construction of the Great Pyramids
During the Old and Middle Kingdom periods of Egypt, almost 138 pyramids, in total, were built to act as sacred tombs of the Pharaohs. Recent experts have suggested that in building these great stone structures, the labors and efforts of thousands of workers were used, a number ranging from 20,000 up to 100,000.
Some of the well-known pyramids are located on the outskirts of Cairo, in Giza while the oldest are located in Saqqara. In Giza, the one build for Khufu known as the Pyramid of Khufu is perhaps the only structure of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World that still exists and is the largest of the pyramids built.
Understanding the Egyptian Pyramids
The Egyptians believes that the earth was created from the primordial mound and it is this structure that is symbolized by the shape of the pyramids. When you look at the pyramids from a distance, they appear brilliantly shining because of the polish on the limestone, which combined with the shape of the pyramids were thought to represent the descending rays of the sun.
The most obvious explanation for the construction of the pyramids is as a tomb or resting place but many experts on the Giza pyramids also believe that they acted as 'machines of resurrection'. While visiting the Great Pyramids, do not forget to get some memorabilia for your friends and family on your way home.