25 Bewildering Aerial Images of Ancient Egyptian Pyramids you Should See

Did you know that most of the ancient Egyptian pyramids are visible from space?

According to Greek historian Herodotus, the ancient Great Pyramid of Egypt was built in no more than20 years, with the manpower of around 100,000 people. Despite this, mainstream Egyptologists argue differently and say that the Great Pyramid of Giza—the only standing ancient wonder of the world—was built in less than 20 years and that no more than 20,000 people participated in its construction at one given time.

But whether it was 100,000 people or no more than 20,000 workers, the Great Pyramid is a true ancient wonder, not only because of its incredible size but because everything related to it is a wonder of its own.

It has been estimated that the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs around 6.5 million tons and that it was built with around 2.3 million blocks of stone, some of which weight more than 20 tons each. Egyptologists have calculated that the builders of the Great Pyramid made use of 5.5 million tons of limestone, 8,000 tons of granite (from Aswan) and more than 500,000 tons of mortar.

All of this while building the pyramid without knowledge of the wheel, or even the pulley.

In other words, the ancient builders of the pyramid managed to complete a pyramid that our architects and engineers today would have a hard time building. The ancients did it, according to Egyptologists, with the most primitive of tools. The builders of the pyramids, especially the Great Pyramid of Giza, somehow managed to transport supermassive blocks of stone, weighing several dozen tons, from quarries located around 800 kilometers away from the pyramid’s construction site. That’s pretty impressive on its own, don’t you think?

It has been claimed by Egyptologists that the ancient builders of the pyramids made use of no better tools than sticks and stones, and a few bronze and copper instruments. They argue that the massive stone blocks were dragged across the desert, by thousands of people pulling one block. Egyptologist argue that some of the heavier stones were transported using the Nile River, and were then—somehow—moved to land, where people would again pull the stones towards the pyramid, and then using ramps, move the stones upwards eventually building a pyramid of more than 100 meters in height.

And while all of this is theoretically possible—at least say, scholars—we are left awestruck by the fact that there is not a single ancient text that has been found to describe how the Great Pyramid of Giza—or for that matter any other pyramid—was built in ancient times.

It comes as a surprise that a civilization that is well-known for being excellent record keepers did not seem to have been interested in documenting in writing the process involved in quarrying, transporting, and building the pyramid. There are no ancient texts that mention how the massive stones were dragged up the pyramid, whether by ramps or by means of machines, as noted by Herodotus.

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Whatever the case, the pyramids are a true ancient wonder: the builders constructed a supermassive structure that would endure for thousands of years, becoming the only standing ancient wonder of the world.

Times went on, history wrote itself, wars were waged, cultures rose and fell and eventually, the land of the Pharaohs was no more. But although ancient Egypt’s history was slowly buried beneath the golden sands, its massive structures, the ancient pyramids, would remain for future generations to see and admire. To see and learn. To see and question.

The Pyramids are perhaps the greatest legacy left to us by the ancient civilizations. Not only did the ancient Egyptians build them, but cultures all around the planet would build pyramids during their civilization’s lifespan. Pyramids were built everywhere, and some of them challenge our understanding of ancient civilizations.

Take the Egyptian pyramids for example. These massive structures were so well built that not only did they survive for thousands of years in relatively good conditions, but these structures were constructed with such precision and quality that they can easily be appreciated from space.

Here below are just some of the many images that show the beauty of the Pyramid of Egypt, as seen not only from the air but as far away as space, where the International Space Station orbits Earth.

Enjoy this stunning collection of images that show that the pyramids of Giza, and all other pyramids on Earth, are not just ordinary tombs as we have been led to believe.

The Pyramids of Giza as seen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: Terry Virts / NASA.
The Pyramids of Giza as seen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: Terry Virts / NASA.
View of the Pyramids at Giza from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA.
View of the Pyramids at Giza from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA.
What the Pyramid Complex at Giza looks like from a distance, from above. Shutterstock.
What the Pyramid Complex at Giza looks like from a distance, from above. Shutterstock.
The Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, Egypt. Credit: Soichi Noguchi/NASA/JAXA
The Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, Egypt. Credit: Soichi Noguchi/NASA/JAXA
Direct view of the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre from above. Image Credit: Náprstek Museum, National Museum in Prague / Wikimedia Commons.
Direct view of the pyramids of Khufu and Khafre from above. Image Credit: Náprstek Museum, National Museum in Prague / Wikimedia Commons.
An image of the Pyramids at Giza taken by the ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite. Image Credit: ESA.
An image of the Pyramids at Giza taken by the ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite. Image Credit: ESA.
A view of the Pyramids at Dahshur from space. Image credit: Thomas Pesquet, ESA.
A view of the Pyramids at Dahshur from space. Image credit: Thomas Pesquet, ESA.
A view of Giza and its pyramids as seen from space. Image Credit: NASA.
A view of Giza and its pyramids as seen from space. Image Credit: NASA.
The Pyramids at Dahshur as seen from space. Image Credit: NASA.
The Pyramids at Dahshur as seen from space. Image Credit: NASA.
January 24, 1938. Cairo, Egypt: Another view of the pyramids and the border of the cultivated Nile valley. c. 1000 feet. Image Credit: American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries / Wikimedia Commons.
January 24, 1938. Cairo, Egypt: Another view of the pyramids and the border of the cultivated Nile valley. c. 1000 feet. Image Credit: American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries / Wikimedia Commons.
The Pyramids at Giza, circled in white. Shutterstock.
The Pyramids at Giza circled in white. Shutterstock.
A view of the Pyramids at Giza as seen from the Ikonos Satellite.
A view of the Pyramids at Giza as seen from the Ikonos Satellite.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. From left to right: Menkaure, Khafre, Khufu. Photographed from a balloon from about 600 meters above ground. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. From left to right: Menkaure, Khafre, Khufu. Photographed from a balloon from about 600 meters above the ground. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Flying above the pyramid of Khafre, often misinterpreted as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Shutterstock.
Flying above the pyramid of Khafre, often misinterpreted as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Shutterstock.
The pyramids of Giza with the sun shining brightly in the background. Shutterstock.
The pyramids of Giza with the sun shining brightly in the background. Shutterstock.
Incredible view of the Great Pyramid from the air, and its accompanying pyramids. Shutterstock.
Incredible view of the Great Pyramid from the air, and its accompanying pyramids. Shutterstock.
A satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza. Image Credit: NASA / Earth Observatory.
A satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza. Image Credit: NASA / Earth Observatory.
A modern jungle of building threatening the pyramids of Giza. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
A modern jungle of building threatening the pyramids of Giza. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
Aerial view of the pyramids of Giza. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Aerial view of the pyramids of Giza. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Notice how Khufu's pyramid (to the right) has eight sides instead of four. Shutterstock.
Notice how Khufu’s pyramid (to the right) has eight sides instead of four. Shutterstock.
Egypt Pyramids captured by DubaiSat-1 of EIAST, Dubai. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Egypt Pyramids captured by DubaiSat-1 of EIAST, Dubai. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Another stunning view of the Pyramids from the air. Image Credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum / Wikimedia Commons.
Another stunning view of the Pyramids from the air. Image Credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum / Wikimedia Commons.
Satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza and Cairo. Image Credit: NASA / Earth Observatory.
Satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza and Cairo. Image Credit: NASA / Earth Observatory.
Aerial photo of the Giza pyramid complex. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Aerial photo of the Giza pyramid complex. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.