25 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Pyramids You May Not Know

Posted by , Updated on August 25, 2017


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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The Pyramid of Cheops was built to face true north. In fact, it’s the most accurately aligned to north of any structure in the world. Despite being made millennia ago, the pyramid still faces that direction with just a minimal error. However, this is because the North Pole shifts over time, which means at one time, the pyramid was spot on.

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On average, each pyramid would have taken 200 years to build, which means there were often not just one but several pyramids being built at the same time.

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One of the reasons why the pyramids are so well-preserved is because of the unique mortar used. It’s stronger than the actual stone, but we do not know what exactly it was made from.


Contrary to popular belief, the pyramids probably were not built by slaves or prisoners but regular paid workers.

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Although many people associate pyramids with hieroglyphics, there have been no writing or hieroglyphics found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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