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, but it is also home to the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as 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.
The pyramids at the Giza complex are considered by many scholars as the most incredible ancient monuments ever built on Earth. Other experts, in more controversial sciences, 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, as well as 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.
We do know that the Great Pyramid is made out of over 2 ½ million blocks of limestone which weigh 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, as well as surrounding area, looked like in rare ancient images, some of which were taken more than one hundred years ago.
Traveling back in time
Travel back in time and see the Pyramids and what they looked like more than 100 years ago.
Don’t forget to check out 10, extremely rare images of the Great Sphinx of Giza by clicking here.