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Interesting Facts About the Pyramids of Egypt

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | January 5th 2012 | Views:
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Pyramids are an architectural mystery and this last wonder of the world built thousands of years ago still continue to fascinate the modern world. There are many theories revolving around these structures filled with many hidden secrets. It is believed that these monuments have a spiritual significance and was built by thousands of people with adept religious insights and faith in the divinity though some believes that it was built by slaves. Contrary to several depictions, it is known by the excavation that pyramids were built by laborers appointed by the King on wages and was overlooked by the Pharaoh himself which involved precise planning, labor, and power. An estimation of 30,000 thousand people were involved in this process for over 30 years. These square based three dimensional triangles are huge limestone structures that can be seen from the Moon and stand at the exact center of the Earth's land mass.

Built by the ancient pharaohs of Egypt as tombs for preserving their royal bodies, this architectural design is extremely durable and has left renowned architects to ponder over the construction theories involved in building a pyramid that represented the rays of the sun. The Giza plateau, close to the Nile consists of many pyramid structures, small and huge tombs, mortuary temples, mastabas, and the sphinx. The first pyramid was the Step Pyramid at Saqqara and the largest of all is the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza and is regarded as the most massive building ever erected in the world, making it one of Seven Wonders of the World that still exists. Apart from these, there are over 80 to 100 pyramids, most of them abandoned or plundered.

The pyramids were meant to be monuments to the pharaoh's greatness and usually had many items that would help the pharaoh in his afterlife. Apart from the paintings, drawings and carved hieroglyphs on the walls depicting the life and lifestyle of the buried person, there is significant evidence that Pyramids contained boats, wooden statues, clothing, food, and luxury items and even mummified pets and replicas of the servant of the pharaohs put inside to continue to serve them in the afterlife. These items were most likely the pharaoh's valued possessions and were regarded as royal. Even before the archeologists examined the tomb, the pyramids had been looted and cleaned and had become the victims of robbery right from ancient times. In each pyramid, a sarcophagus generally made of heavy stone was used as coffin to protect the king's mummy. These heavy stone sarcophagi meant to protect the king eventually gave away to the pandemic tomb robbers once they discovered the treasure trove.

Today the pyramids are empty with smashed sarcophagi and only subtle clues can gives us an insight into how lavish these tombs once where. The hieroglyphic writings are preserved in museums with most of text missing in the act of looting. The pyramids that were once intended to protect the pharaoh's body lay in remains now with most of the monuments being restored. Only, if the ancient rulers or Pharaohs were equipped with the new-age security services and latest gadgets like ADT Alarm System, the valuable and even the mummies could have been well kept and we would have had a very rich and valued treasure to boast and preserve. The Pharaohs who were aware of this problem could not stop the robbers even with the bigger and stronger pyramids. The destruction and looting began to happen so many thousands of years earlier and the Pharaohs tried to combat this problem by looking at other ways to protect their mummies and later relented to cave tombs in the cliffs. These impressive structures of Egypt remain still the most visited tourist destination on the banks of the River Nile.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina likes to writes about the Pyramids of Egypt that are mere empty chambers now as most of the treasure including the mummies were exploited on a hunt to find treasure by robbers. Tina feels these ancient monuments were better protected only if the Pharaohs had security systems like ADT Alarm System, to alert them of potential thieves.

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