How Long Did it Take to Build the Great Pyramid in Giza ?
A great triva question entitled how long did it take to build the great pyramid in Giza, Egypt. We have the answer and background on the great egyptian pyramids.
The great pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids built and completed at around 2,560 BC. It’s commonly understood that the great pyramid was built for King Khufu and was the tallest man made structure in the world for over 3,800 years (now modern buildings hold that particular title). It is the only remaining monument of the seven wonders of the ancient world and is built from limestone blocks.
It is also known as the Pyramid of Cheops and it situated in the main pyramid complex at Giza although there are over 100 pyramids throughout Egypt this smaller set at Giza Necropolis is where most of the tourists go and where most of the photographs and images are taken from. Giza is situated in Cairo Egypt.
The pyramid was made from limestone blocks all 2.3 million of them that were sourced along the Nile river and brought to the site by boat. There are many theories on how pyramids are constructed an yet today we truely do not know for sure.
Inside the Pyramid are three known chambers although there may be more. There is the Kings Chamber which is line with red granite brought from Aswan some 600 miles to the south of Giza. Above the Kings Chamber are 4 other chambers with roofs made from granite.
The second chamber is the smallest and called the Queen’s chamber lined with limestone. The third is known as the unfinished chamber and is actually below ground. Egyptologists believe this was to be the buriel chamber for the King but it was abandoned as he wanted to be further up in the pyramid itself.
Photograph of the Great Pyramids Giza
If you are lucky enough to have visited these pyramids then you will surely have many photographs. Here’s one from wikipedia where you see from left to right, Great Pyramid of Khufu (the one we are discussing here), the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The three smaller pyramids in the foreground are subsidiary structures associated with Menkaure’s pyramid.
So the answer to how long did it take to build the great pyramid in Giza is exactly 20 years from our research with 100,000 men involved in construction. Construction was completed in 2,560 BC over 4,500 years ago.
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