The pyramids are the stone tombs of Egypt’s kings – the Pharaohs and one of the world’s greatest historical mysteries. They have stood for thousands of years, filled with many hidden secrets: clues about what life (and death) was like in Ancient Egypt
Why did the Ancient Egyptians build pyramids
The Egyptians believed that if the pharaoh’s body could be mummified after death the pharaoh would live forever. The tombs were designed to protect the buried Pharaoh’s body and his belongings
Where were they built
Most of the pyramids can be found on the western side of the Nile River, just into the dry desert.
How does the dry desert help
The dry desert heat worked to keep the Pharaohs’s body and his belongings from decomposing and rotting away.
Why did they build pyramids next to the Nile
The reason they built the pyramids next to the Nile River was so it would be easier to get the blocks to the pyramid. The stones could be bought nearer to the pyramid building site by boat.
What was is the name of the most famous pyramid
The Great Pyramid is the largest and most famous of the pyramids. It was built for the Pharaoh Khuf. It is over 140 metres high and took 20 years to build.
What guards the pyramids
The Sphinx stands in front of all the pyramids in Giza. It has the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh
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