Travel Back in Time With These 17 Rare, Vintage Images of the Giza Pyramids

Some of these images were taken more than one hundred years ago.

The most fascinating and well-known pyramids are, without a doubt, those located at the Giza pyramid complex, just at the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.

The archaeological site features the pyramids of Khufu/Cheops, Khafre/Chephren, and Menkaure/Mykerinos. Still, it is also home to the Great Sphinx of Giza and several cemeteries, a workers’ village, and an industrial complex.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders of the world and the only one still in existence.

Insane perspective on just how immense The Great Pyramid of Giza is. Image Credit: StugotzLobos / Reddit.
Insane perspective on just how immense The Great Pyramid of Giza is. Image Credit: StugotzLobos / Reddit.

Many scholars consider the pyramids at the Giza complex as the most incredible ancient monuments ever built on Earth. In more controversial sciences, other experts argue that the pyramids are not only that but are the last standing evidence of a long-forgotten history.

The exact means by how the Great Pyramid was built remains an enigma despite the fact we have found a document that indicates the use of massive ramps and paid labor used to drag massive blocks of stone towards the pyramid.

But despite this, we still don’t really know how the pyramid was built.

Mind-Bending Size

We know that the Great Pyramid is made out of over 2 ½ million blocks of limestone, weighing from 2 to 70 tons each.

It is a massive structure built thousands of years ago, by means we still are unable to comprehend today.

With a volume of 2,583,283 cubic meters, the Great Pyramid is a humongous monument.

Despite this, it’s not the largest pyramid in terms of volume. That honor goes to the Great Pyramid of Cholula, located in present-day Mexico.

Nonetheless, the great pyramid of Giza is a monstrous, massive structure. Experts estimate that as many as 5.5 million tons of limestone, 8,000 tons of granite (imported from Aswan), and 500,000 tons of mortar were used in the construction of the Great Pyramid.

The largest granite stones in the pyramid, found in the “King’s” chamber, weigh 25 to 80 tons and were transported from Aswan, more than 800 km (500 mi) away.

The mass of the pyramid is estimated at 5.9 million tons. The volume, including an internal hillock, is 2,583,283 cubic meters (roughly 88,000,000 cu ft).

In other words, the Great Pyramid is, without a doubt, a wonder of ancient engineering.

And this article is meant to show the reader what the Great Pyramid and the surrounding area looked like in rare ancient images, some of which were taken more than one hundred years ago.

Traveling back in time

Enjoy!

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Don’t forget to check out 10 extremely rare images of Giza’s Great Sphinx by clicking here.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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