50 Bewildering Aerial Images of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids You Need to See

This is one of the largest collections of aerial images of the pyramids on the internet.

“The pyramid itself was twenty years in building. It is a square, eight hundred feet each way, and the height the same, built entirely of polished stone, fitted together with the utmost care.”

According to Greek historian Herodotus, the ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built in around 20 years, with the manpower of around 100,000 people.

Nonetheless, mainstream Egyptologists argue differently, suggesting 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 once.

But whether it was 100,000 people or no more than 20,000 workers, the Great Pyramid is a true ancient wonder.

Not only is the Great Pyramid fascinating because of its incredible size, everything related to it is a wonder of its own.

It is believed 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.

Mainstream experts 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.

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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 Pyramids at Giza as seen from the ISS. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Pyramids at Giza as seen from the ISS (lower left corner). Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Stunning view of the Pyramids at Giza as seen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA / Flickr.
Stunning view of the Pyramids at Giza as seen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA / Flickr.
The Giza plateau with its three predominant pyramids. Shutterstock.
The Giza plateau with its three powerful pyramids. Shutterstock.
A stunning aerial view of the three main pyramids at the Giza plateau. Shutterstock.
A stunning aerial view of the three main pyramids at the Giza plateau. Shutterstock.
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.
Amazing Images showing the Pyramids at Giza (left) and the pyramids at Dahshur (Right). Image Credit: ESA / NASA.
Amazing Images showing the Pyramids at Giza (left) and the pyramids at Dahshur (Right). Image Credit: ESA / 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 Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) aircraft of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the pyramids. Image from 1942. Image Credit: Royal Air Force / Wikimedia Commons.
A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson Mk VI (AE626) aircraft of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the pyramids. Image from 1942. Image Credit: Royal Air Force / Wikimedia Commons.
Aerial view of the Pyramids of Giza. Rare Image taken between 1910 and 1946. Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
Aerial view of the Pyramids of Giza. Rare Image taken between 1910 and 1946. Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
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 formation of Egyptian and U.S. Navy aircraft fly over one of the Great Pyramid near Cairo during Bright Star '83. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A formation of Egyptian and U.S. Navy aircraft fly over one of the Great Pyramid near Cairo during Bright Star ’83. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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.
A view of the three Pyramids at Giza from an airplane. Rare Image taken between 1910 and 1946. Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
A view of the three Pyramids at Giza from an airplane. Rare Image taken between 1910 and 1946. Source: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
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.
American Air Transport Command plane flies over the pyramids of Egypt. Flights from the U.S. supplied strategic battle zones of North Africa during World War 2. 1943. Shutterstock.
American Air Transport Command plane flies over the pyramids of Egypt. Flights from the U.S. supplied strategic battle zones of North Africa during World War 2. 1943. Shutterstock.
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.
Quickbird image of the Saqqara pyramids. Courtesy of Robert Corrie.
Quickbird image of the Saqqara pyramids. Courtesy of Robert Corrie.
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.
When technology and the ancient world meet. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
When technology and the ancient world meet. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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.
Rare Aerial view of the pyramids of Giza taken in 1932. Library of Congress - Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Rare Aerial view of the pyramids of Giza taken in 1932. Library of Congress – Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Aerial view of the Pyramid of Khufu and Khafre. Library of Congress - Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Aerial view of the Pyramid of Khufu and Khafre. Library of Congress – Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Library of Congress - Matson Photograph Collection. Aerial view of the Giza Pyramids. Image Credit: Flickr.
Library of Congress – Matson Photograph Collection. Aerial view of the Giza Pyramids. Image Credit: Flickr.
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.
A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson VI aircraft (s/n AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the Pyramids at Cairo, 1942. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson VI aircraft (s/n AE626) of the Middle East Communications Flight flying over the Pyramids at Cairo, 1942. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Egypt. Pyramids. The The Pyramids of Giza, air Abstract/medium: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. Photograph taken between 1950 and 1977. Image Credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
Egypt. Pyramids. The Pyramids of Giza, air Abstract/medium: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection. Photograph taken between 1950 and 1977. Image Credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.
A MiG flying above the Pyramids. Image Credit: Wikimedia commons.
A MiG flying above the Pyramids. 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.
A KC-135R, F-15's and a F-16 from the 366th Air Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, fly over the pyramids of Egypt. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A KC-135R, F-15’s and an F-16 from the 366th Air Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, fly over the pyramids of Egypt. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A B-1B from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., flies over the pyramids in Egypt during Bright Star '99. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A B-1B from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., flies over the pyramids in Egypt during Bright Star ’99. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber leads a flight of Egyptian, French, Greek, Italian and U.S. aircraft over the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, during Exercise Bright Star '99/00 on Oct. 25, 1999. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber leads a flight of Egyptian, French, Greek, Italian and U.S. aircraft over the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, during Exercise Bright Star ’99/00 on Oct. 25, 1999. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
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.
Library of Congress - Matson Photograph. Aerial view of the Pyramid of Khufu and Khafre taken in 1932. Image Credit: Flickr.
Library of Congress – Matson Photograph. Aerial view of the Pyramid of Khufu and Khafre taken in 1932. Image Credit: Flickr.
Satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza. Image Credit: JAXA.
Satellite view of the Pyramids at Giza. Image Credit: JAXA.
Aerial View of the Pyramids at Giza. Image taken in 1932.Library of Congress - Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Aerial View of the Pyramids at Giza. Image taken in 1932.Library of Congress – Matson Photograph Collection. Image Credit: Flickr.
Another amazing image of the pyramids of Giza as seen from Space. Image Credit: ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti.
Another amazing image of the pyramids of Giza as seen from Space. Image Credit: ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti.
An aerial view showing the pyramids during a bombing raid on Cairo by a German Rumpler C.I aircraft.  Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
An aerial view showing the pyramids during a bombing raid on Cairo by a German Rumpler C.I aircraft. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.