The Alphie family’s visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza

Egypt: Esneh

Egypt: Esneh (Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum)

King's Chamber of Khufu's Pyramid at Giza

King’s Chamber of Khufu’s Pyramid at Giza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пи...

All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gepetto showed some interest to acquire some knowledge of:The Great Pyramid Of Giza.I realized it will be something we all can learn about.We discussed the best way of dealing with the subject was to take an imaginary trip to Egypt. We were excited we came up with this idea.

The great Pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. It is the oldest of the seven ancient wonders of the world.This pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3800 years. At first it was covered by casing stones.It formed a smooth outer surface.Today we see the underlying core structure.Some of the casing stones can be seen around the base. There have been some theories of how these huge stones were moved. Most accepted idea is, it was built by moving the huge stones from a quarry and lifting them into place. It seemed to be a huge task for the builders,due to the fact there were no machines to carry out this project.So only logical thing was to use man-power in order to accomplish this task.

There are three known chambers inside the Pyramid.The lowest chamber is cut into bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and was unfinished. The King’s chamber and the Queen’s chamber are higher up within the pyramid structure.This pyramid is the only one known to have ascending and descending passages.The building includes two mortuary temples in honour of Khufu.There are three smaller pyramids for Khufu’s wives,there is an even smaller pyramid , a raised causeway connecting the two temples and small mastaba tombs(house for eternity or eternal house).

The greatest stimulus for the ancient Egyptians was their belief in after life.They believed that the soul could live only if the body was preserved from corruption and depredation.

It is believed that The Great Pyramid was built for the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharao, Khufu, and was constructed over a period of over twenty years. The architect is believed to be Khufu’s vizier,Hemon or Hemiunu.

Our imaginary journey took us to places we never thought of before. We all were thankful to learn some amazing facts of Egyptian architecture. Gepetto was trying to figure out,how many thousands of people were needed to build this  massive structure. We were impressed to know how hard these workers had to work. It was a very pleasant lesson for us. We are so used to all these inventions,which have made us lazy. We have spent one more day for our travel.

It is now time to say, Goodbye and May God bless us all!

Statue of Khufu in the Cairo Egyptian Museum (...

Statue of Khufu in the Cairo Egyptian Museum (JE 36143) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza

The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza (Photo credit: Sam and Ian)

Great Pyramid of Giza

Great Pyramid of Giza (Photo credit: Brendan Costigan)