Why Pyramids were built?

Giza Pyramids are considered one of the wonders of the world. But why pyramids were built? And How pyramids were built? In this article, we will briefly explain some points related to these questions.

What are Pyramids

The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt. You may ask yourself why these pyramids were built. In this article, we will indicate this point. The number of pyramids in Egypt, according to some resources, is 118 or 138.

Why Pharaohs built Pyramids

The pyramids were built during the period of Old Kingdom as tombs for the pharaohs and their queens. They constructed them to prepare for the next life as they believed they would become gods in the afterlife.
There are about 80 ancient Egyptian pyramids still standing, but the three biggest and most well-preserved - called Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure, and - are located in Giza. They are calculated to consist of six million tons of stone.
The pyramids were built to last; they were constructed around 4,500 years ago and remain standing today.

Most of the Pyramids were built as tombs for the country's pharaohs and consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. One other suggested reason is that they were designed it as a type of "resurrection machine"; the pyramid may have been designed to serve as a means to launch the deceased pharaoh's soul directly into the abode of the gods. The pyramids also were built to protect the body of the deceased pharaoh. These massive tombs were constructed to resist the time elements and were intended to last forever.

Some Aspects of Pyramids

The shape of a pyramid is thought to represent the descending rays of the sun. Most pyramids were faced with polished and highly reflective white limestone, to give them a brilliant appearance when viewed from a distance. The pharaoh also believed that his death was an extension of a journey towards eternal life. Therefore, it was important that the pharaoh’s physical body was safeguarded and recognizable by his spirit; this, in turn, led to mummification. Once the process was complete, the pharaoh was buried with his most precious possessions, such as jewelry, funerary statues, and items that would help him in his afterlife. There are many pyramids in Egypt, yet we only see the pyramids of Giza being shown in magazines and books. Some other common pyramids that are never shown, such as the Stepped Pyramid of Djoser, the Maidum Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid.

How Pyramids were built

The Great Pyramid is considered one of the wonders of the world. But how did it and other pyramids in Egypt come to be?
They are as fascinating as they are mysterious. Throughout the years, scientists and archeologists have steadily uncovered secrets. Still, there is always more to be discovered.
Archaeologists have discovered in part how the pyramids were built. They were constructed between 2550 to 2490 B.C. out of limestone and granite. They have long known that the granite came from Aswan- a town 553 miles south of Giza and that the limestone came from Tura, which was located about 12 miles south of Cairo on the Nile.
However, they could not understand how a society with a zero technology, and no use of the wheel could move the 2-ton blocks of limestone and granite from so far away to the site of the pyramids.

The Latest Discovery of Ceremonial Boat

In 2017, the discovery of a ceremonial boat, an ancient papyrus scroll, and a network of waterways, shed light on this previously dark area. The discovery of a ceremonial boat led the team of archeologists to believe that these boats were loaded with the materials used to build the pyramids, then floated down the river, ending up right at the site of pyramids. They discovered that thousands of trained workers likely navigated these boats through the canals along the Nile to transport a large amount of limestone.

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