The Mysteries Of Egypt’s Pyramids Explained
PHOTO: The pyramids and The Sphinx are among the world’s greatest creations. (Courtesy Homeric Tours)
Pyramids have been built around the world but the most famous pyramids of all time are probably the ones in Egypt. These triangular structures – of which hundreds have been constructed -- were built by one of the richest and most powerful civilizations ever, and have been of interest to travelers far and wide for more than 4,000 years.
And it’s a lot easier now to explore their majesty through Homeric Tours than it was even 100 years ago, much less 4,000.
Yet as majestic as they are, pyramids also house some of the most interesting mysteries.
Let’s start with the shape. It has actually been discovered that although they look triangular, the Great Pyramid of Egypt has a total of eight equal sides, which can only be seen from above during the sunrise and sunset of the spring and autumn equinoxes.
But how were they built? They have lasted for more than 4,000 years, which is definitely a marvel, but it is a mystery how the limestone blocks were carried up.
While pyramids were supposed to house the pharaohs after their death, there has not been any proof of bodies found in the Great Pyramid or some of the other pyramids. It is rumored that grave robbers took anything that wasn’t nailed down.
What they left behind, however, was traces of coca leaves and tobacco which, when combined, makes a possible cocaine.
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Interestingly, while there was no way to communicate to other parts of the world about the pyramids, they were built almost identically in different parts of the world. So how did the Mayans, Inca, Cambodians, Chinese, Indonesian, and others manage to build similar structures? At the same time, it was found that the Egyptians, who believed that the stars were gods, built the pyramids to point to the constellation of Orion.
Those who love a mystery would love the pyramids, some of which have a few secret rooms and passageways – found beneath the sphinx.
The Great Pyramid of Giza (which is also called the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex, not to mention the fact that it weighs a whopping 6.5 million tons! The pyramid covers a 13-acre area and was built with 2.3 million stones. The Great Pyramid of Giza is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which also includes the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
Take a step back in history and see a pyramid for yourself. Homeric Tours offers tours of Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza so you can see these structures up close and personal which also includes the Sphinx, Abu Simbel, monuments of Luxor and granite statues in Aswan. You will travel through the holy land, as well as Cairo, home to the Egyptian Museum. You will also visit the famous Karnak Temple, another magnificent structure built by generations of Pharaohs more than 4,500 years ago.
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