Most people just know the Egyptian pyramids are big, impressive structures built a very long time ago in the Ancient Egypt. It is also generally known that the pyramids served as monumental burial sites where the Pharaohs, the Ancient Egyptian kings, were buried. But in fact, there is a lot more interesting things and little-known curiosities about these fascinating structures. To expand your knowledge on the Egyptian pyramids, check out these 9 fascinating facts about Egyptian pyramids you may not know.
9. The estimates of the number of workers involved in the construction of the pyramids differ significantly but it might have been as many 100,000 people.
8. The Giza pyramids are guarded by the Great Sphinx, the largest monolith statue in the world. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.
7. The Ancient Egyptians buried their nobility in the pyramids with burial goods that ranged from everyday objects to the most expensive items such as jewelry. They believed the dead would use it in the afterlife.
6. The Great Pyramid of Giza is estimated to consist of 2,300,000 stone blocks that weigh anywhere between 2 to 30 tons with some blocks weighing over 50 tons.
5. In spite of the enormous heat outside, the temperature inside the pyramids actually stays relatively constant, around 20 Celsius (60 F).
4. On average, each pyramid would have taken 200 years to build, which means there were often not just one but several pyramids being built at the same time.
3. Although many people associate pyramids with hieroglyphics, there have been no writing or hieroglyphics found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.
2. The Pyramid of Cheops was built to face true north. In fact, it’s the most accurately aligned to the north of any structure in the world. Despite being made millennia ago, the pyramid still faces that direction with just a minimal error. However, this is because of the North Pole shifts over time, which means at one time, the pyramid was spot on.
1. The oldest Egyptian pyramid is believed to be the Pyramid of Djoser which was built in the Saqqara Necropolis during the 27th century BC.