25 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Pyramids You May Not Know

Most people just know the Egyptian pyramids are big, impressive structures built very long time ago in the Ancient Egypt. It is also generally known that the pyramids served as monumental burial sites where the Pharaohs, the Ancient Egyptian kings, were buried. But in fact, there is a lot more interesting things and little known curiosities about these fascinating structures. To expand your knowledge on the Egyptian pyramids, check out these 25 fascinating facts about Egyptian pyramids you may not know.

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While experts usually agree on the hypothesis - that the pyramids were built from huge stones carved with copper chisels from stone quarries - the methods used to move and place the stones remain the matter of further debates and speculations.

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What also seems to be obvious is the fact that the techniques used for the pyramid construction have developed over time; later pyramids were not built the same way as earlier ones.

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After the end of the pyramid period in Ancient Egypt, there was a burst of pyramid-building in what is present-day Sudan.

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There was an attempt to destroy the Giza pyramids in the 12th century. Al-Aziz, a Kurdish ruler and the second Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, tried to demolish them but had to give up because the task was too big. However, he did succeed in damaging Menkaure's Pyramid where he left a large vertical gash in its north face.

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The three Giza pyramids are precisely aligned with the constellation of Orion, which could have been the intention of the builders because the stars of Orion were associated with Osiris, the god of rebirth and afterlife, by the Ancient Egyptians.

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