The Great Pyramid of Khufu is by far the most famous Pyramid in Egypt, the biggest, tallest, and most
intact. After its construction it became one of the “Seven Wonders Of The World”, and today, it is the
only one of them remaining. For a period of 4300 years, the Pyramid was also the tallest building on
earth, until the French built the Eiffel Tower in 1889 to take that accolade.
Khufu’s Pyramid is built entirely of limestone, and is considered an architectural masterpiece. It contains
around 1,300,000 blocks ranging in weight from 2.5 tons to 15 tons and is built on a square base with
sides measuring about 230m (755ft), covering 13 acres!
Its four sides face the four cardinal points
precisely and it has an angle of 52 degrees. The original height of the Pyramid was 146.5m (488ft), but
today it is only 137m (455ft) high, the 9m (33ft) that is missing is due to the theft of the fine quality
limestone covering, or casing stones, by the Ottoman Turks in the 15 Century A.D, to build houses and
Mosques in Cairo.
You will find that the entrance of the Pyramid is located at the northern side, the same as almost every
Pyramid in Egypt. On this side there are actually 2 entrances, one is the original, and is 17m (55ft) above
ground level, and the other one is a man-made forced entrance located below it. Created in the 9th
Century A.D by Khalif El-Mamoun, who was seeking the treasures that he thought might have been kept
inside the Pyramid. He sent out stonemasons to open up an entrance, and they cut it midway across the
centre of the northern side. Their tunnel goes almost 35m into the Pyramid, and was crudely cut, and at
the end it connects with the original inner corridors of the Pyramid. Nothing was found inside, as it was
plundered in antiquity. Nowadays visitors, to the site, use Mamoun’s entrance to gain access into the