Take a 360° walking tour of the Great Pyramids of Egypt with this amazing immersive video.
The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt. Most were built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid and is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
How the pyramids were built has been a mystery that archeologists have been trying to solve for many years. It is believed that thousands of slaves were used to cut up the large blocks and then slowly move them up the pyramid on ramps. The pyramid would get slowly built, one block at a time. Scientists estimate it took at least 20,000 workers over 23 years to build the Great Pyramid of Giza. Because it took so long to build them, Pharaohs generally started the construction of their pyramids as soon as they became ruler.
Here’s a short list of some fun facts about the Great Pyramids to you might not have known:
- The Great Pyramid of Giza points very precisely to the north.
- The pyramids of Egypt are all built to the west of the Nile River. This is because the western side was associated with the land of the dead.
- The base of a pyramid was always a perfect square.
- They were built mostly of limestone.
- There were traps and curses put on the tombs and the pyramids to try and keep robbers out.
We invite you to embark on a virtual journey to the Great Pyramids that will shed light on a mystery that continues to defy reason, and leave you with more questions they you even thought you had. So escape to Egypt and try and make sense of The Great Pyramids purpose if you dare!