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The Pyramids of Giza

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The location of Giza and the Great Pyramid itself, built for King Khufu.  It also explains why the pyramids were built near to the river.

The Pyramids of Giza are built in Egypt on a high rock plateau near the river Nile. We built the Great Pyramid for King Khufu and it is a hundred and forty seven meters tall. At the base of the pyramid each of the square sides measures two hundred and thirty meters and it is constructed out of around two million three hundred thousand blocks of Limestone. Each block weighs on average two and a half tonnes, so you can understand why we build our pyramids near rivers, it’s so that stone can be transported by boat from the quarries, along the Nile, to the pyramid-building site. Inside the pyramid burial chambers are created. King Khufu’s burial chamber is made of granite, which is a very hard stone. The roof alone has nine slabs of granite weighing fifty tonnes each. One of these roof stones has our Egyptian writing called hieroglyphs on it that mention King Khufu’s name. You know this is the only place on the pyramid where his name appears.
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