The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the world’s most amazing landmarks among the man-made building. It was built with such precision that our current technology cannot replicate it. It was built by the Pharaoh Khufu as a magnificent tomb, 4500 years ago.
10 Interesting Fact about Great Pyramid of Giza
1. The structure is located at the centre of the land mass of the earth. The east/west parallel that crosses the most land and the north/south meridian that crosses the most land intersect in two places on the earth, one in the ocean and the other at the Great Pyramid.
2. The structure is composed of over 2 ½ million blocks of limestone, which weigh from 2 to 70 tons each.
3. The structure is precisely aligned with the Constellation of Orion. Hence, line-up with true north to within 3/60 of a degree (with its other sides also aligning with true east, west, and south).
4. It was originally covered with casing stones (made of highly polished limestone). These stones reflected the sun’s light and made the pyramid shine like a jewel.
5. The structure is 454 feet high which is equivalent to a modern 48-story building.
6. The structure was never finished since the top is flat, and not pointed, as it should be. It has a truncated summit which is coarse and uneven and measures about 30 square feet.
7. The structure has a swivel door at the entrance. It weighed about 20 tonnes and could easily be pushed open from the inside. On the outside it was very hard to find because it fit perfectly. There are only two other pyramids known to have had swivel doors. One was Khufu’s father’s pyramid and the other was his grandfather’s pyramid.
8. It represents Ra-Harakhte, the sun god, as he rises in the east at dawn but the face of the Sphinx is a portrait of Khafre himself, and is contemporary with his pyramid.
9. The structure is consists of three burial chambers inside. One of the chambers was built into the bedrock underground. The queen’s chamber was higher and the king’s chamber was the highest. Khufu didn’t intend to use the queen’s chamber for any of his wives. It is thought that he intended to use it for a statue of himself.
10. The relationship between Pi (p) and Phi (F) is expressed in the fundamental proportions of the Great Pyramid.