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Facts of the Great Pyramid of Khufu

  • The Great Pyramid was the largest pyramid ever built. It is made of over 2.5 million stone blocks at approximately 2.5 tons each. 
  • It was built for the Pharaoh Khufu as a tomb. Inside would have been the many necessities needed for the afterlife, including his sarcophagus. 
  • The square base covers a 6 ha area, aligned almost exactly with the main points of a compass. 
  • Originally, the entire casing was finished in a polished limestone, fitted within millimeters of each other. 
  • The burial chamber is located in the center of the pyramid. It can be reached by a series of passages including a 9m high gallery. Many of the passages were filled with traps to stop possible graverobbers.