The Pyramids of Giza

The famous Pyramids of Giza are found in Cairo, Egypt.

There are three main pyramids in Giza: The Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre, and the Pyramid of Menkaura. Each pyramid is a tomb for a different king of ancient Egypt.

The Giza pyramids were built roughly 5,000 years ago. It is believed about 20,000 laborers and 2 million blocks of stone weighing 2.5 tons each were used to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu alone. Though many different theories exist, exactly how the pyramids were built remains unknown.

Unlike the step pyramids found in México, Egypt’s pyramids were built with smooth outer walls, and were used as tombs, not as temples.

The Great Pyramid is the last surviving wonder of the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, a list that included other now-destroyed sites like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece.