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Our world is filled with so many wonders and mysteries. There are many strange and unanswered spectacles and happenings around us. From the sightings of strange animals like yeti to magical underground caves and bizarre landscape formations, there are so many unexplained phenomena.

Among these are various structures that exist around us. Even after centuries the existence and origins of these structures still remain a mystery. When we look at these structures we are not only amazed by its beauty but also surprised by its origins. There are many questions that arise in our minds when we look at these structures. Historians and Archeologists have been digging around to find answers to our questions but haven’t come up with a definite solution. 
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The great pyramids are one such structure that has kept many people wondering about its origins. Pyramids are one of the oldest standing wonders. Pyramids are large structures built especially in ancient Egypt that usually has a square base and four triangular sides meeting at a point and that contains tombs. The pyramids of Giza are one of the most popular pyramids in the world.

Egypt is popular for its pyramids. As tourists, you are allowed to visit these pyramids and explore them, for a fee. However, don’t get your hopes high that you will discover some hidden gems. Over many years, grave robbers have robbed many bodies of the pharaohs and what was remaining were taken away by researchers to conduct a study on them. The passage to the main hall inside the pyramid is quite narrow and airless and if you are claustrophobic, it's best that you stay outside as the huge crowd can make it worse.

History about the Pyramids

The history of pyramids has been one of the biggest questions of all time. Egyptologists and historians have long contested about the question of who built the Pyramids. Different archeologists and experts have come up with various theories and views on the history of pyramids. One thing is for sure that these pyramids were not built by aliens or supernatural beings or time travelers.

Pyramids were built for the purpose of burial of Egyptian pharaohs and kings. However, modern experts have different conclusions as to why these pyramids were built. They state that these pyramids served as power plants. There is very little evidence that these pyramids were built by slaves as mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. Some historians have also overruled the claims that ancient Egyptians had built the pyramids. “The Egyptians couldn’t have done it, they didn’t have the tools. It could be built by some advanced civilizations,” states Historian Gerry Cannon.

Archaeologists believe Egypt's large pyramids are the work of the Old Kingdom society that rose to fame in the Nile Valley after 3000 B.C. The Giza Pyramids were built within a duration of 85 years between 2589 and 2504 BC. The pyramids are said to be more than 4500 years old and the oldest among these is the Pyramid of Djoser. Great Pyramid of Giza is also one of the largest and the most popular pyramids in the world. 
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We as commoners associate pyramids only with Egypt. But there are various other pyramids in different parts of the world. There are about 80 pyramids in Egypt and the nation of Sudan has over a hundred existing pyramids. Many pyramids have been buried under the sand and remain unidentified and thus the exact number of pyramids are yet unknown.

How were the pyramids actually built?

The surprising part is that no one can tell how they designed these pyramids and how they built these huge structures in 2631 BC with limited resources, tools, and non-existent technology. Over the years’ various crazy theories have been made about how the pyramids were built. Some say that there were certain ramps used to build the pyramids. Some say that the construction was started from side to side. However, certain pictures and paintings on the walls of these Pyramids have some clues about how these pyramids must have been built.

The great pyramids of Giza were made with over 2 million stone blocks each of which weighed around 3 to 30 tons. Moving these stones from one place to another wasn’t easy and various hypothesis have been made as to how these stones were moved and arranged at such a height. Experts have guessed that it must have taken over 20,000 workers working on a daily basis for over 20-40 years to get this pyramid in place.

After the stones were placed, the gaps between the stones were filled with rubbles, limestone chippings, and water which served as a type of cement. The builders would use rods and strings to check for imperfect surface and would mark them with some form of color to highlight that there is some work needed in such a place. These marks would later be erased using stones.

However, there are still many unanswered questions about how they could have built something so perfect, precise and aligned without proper instruments and tools. Over the years many theories have shot up about the construction of these pyramids however none of these have been confirmed. 
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10 Interesting Facts about the pyramids

1) It was believed that pharaohs started the construction of the pyramids as soon as they became rulers as it took a long time to be completed.

2) As per experts, The Great Pyramid of Giza points very precisely to the north.

3) There were various curses and traps and fake rooms put in these pyramids to keep the grave robbers away. However, it all seemed useless as nearly all the graves had been robbed of its materials and treasures by 1000 B.C.

4) The base of the pyramids is said to be a perfect square.

5) The Pyramid of Khufu is said to be the oldest of the Ancient Wonders of the World and the last one still largely intact.

6) It is said that the pyramid construction workers were paid well, fed well and even given tax breaks.

7) The pyramid of Giza is said to have been the tallest structure in the world for nearly 3800 years. 

8) The Sphinx was constructed to guard the pyramids.

9) The pyramids are one of the most sophisticated Sundials structures. At noon, the pyramids of Giza casts no shadow.

10) The pyramid of Giza has 8 sides as each of the four sides of the pyramids is evenly split from base to tip.

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