3 Things to Know About the Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza
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The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most amazing sights in the world. It’s estimated to be older than 4,500 years and it’s one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—and the only one that still stands today. There are plenty of stories and myths that surround it, and here are some of the most interesting facts.  

The Great Pyramid  

The largest and oldest pyramid in Giza, Egypt is called the Great Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu. It got its name from the ancient Egyptian monarch Khufu, who was the first to build a pyramid in Giza around 2550 B.C. It was the tallest structure made by man for a long time, until the 14th century.  

Three Pyramids  

There are three pyramids at Giza. The second largest one was built by Khufu’s son, Pharaoh Kharfe. The third one was built by Pharaoh Menkaure. The complex where they are located also includes the Great Sphinx of Giza, a palace, and several temples.  

Location Was Strategic  

The pyramids are located on the West side of the Nile, which the Egyptians believed was for the dead. The East side of the river, where the sun rises, is for the living.