Little-known facts about the Egyptian pyramids
• Little-known facts about the Egyptian pyramids
Most people just know that the Egyptian pyramids - a large, impressive structures built long ago in ancient Egypt. It is also common knowledge that the pyramids were monumental graves, where the pharaohs were buried, ancient Egyptian kings. But in fact, there are many more interesting things and little-known curiosities about these fascinating structures. To expand your knowledge of the Egyptian pyramids, read these 10 fascinating facts about the Egyptian pyramids, which you may not know.
1. The three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis are the most famous Egyptian pyramids, but in fact in the area of ancient Egypt, it was found about 140 pyramids.
2. The oldest Egyptian pyramid is considered to be the pyramid of Djoser, built in the necropolis of Saqqara in 27th century BC.
3. Estimates of the number of workers involved in the construction of the pyramids, vary considerably, but it could be 100 000 people.
4. All Egyptian pyramids were built on the west bank of the Nile River, which is the place of the setting sun, was associated with the realm of the dead in Egyptian mythology.
5. While experts generally agree with the hypothesis - that the pyramids were built of huge stones carved with copper chisels of stone quarries - the methods used to move and place the stones, remain subject to further discussion and speculation.
6. What also seems clear is the fact that the methods used for the construction of the pyramids, have evolved over time; later pyramids were built not like earlier.
7. Initially, the pyramids were covered with casing stones of white polished limestone. These stones reflect sunlight and forced pyramid shine like a jewel.
8. The stones covering the whole pyramid could be seen from the mountains of Israel, and perhaps even from the moon.
9. The Cheops pyramid was built to face true north. In fact, it is most closely aligned to the north of any structure in the world. Despite the fact that the pyramid was created thousands of years ago, it is still aimed in this direction with minimal error. However, this is because the North Pole is shifting over time, which means that once the pyramid was accurate.
10. On average, each pyramid would be built for 200 years, which means that it is often built not one but several of the pyramids at the same time.