Some notes about the pyrimid of Giza I got one hurdered on this project

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"Mystery" means something that is puzzling, unknown or unexplained.

"Wonder" means to feel curiosity about or to have a feeling of awe or admiration.

One of the themes of mystery and wonder is clues from the past. Clues from the past allow us to study what happened in the past.

The topic that I chose, the Pyramid of Giza, fits with the theme of mystery and wonder because the pyramid is puzzling, some parts of it are still unknown and it is still not understood how this great pyramid could have been built so many centuries ago.

The pyramid causes people who study it, see it or explore it to be amazed and full of wonder. The great pyramid is truly a mystery and amazing.


The pyramid is located at the city of Giza in Cairo, Egypt.


The Great Pyramid of Khufu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

It is the only survivor of the seven ancient wonders.

The pyramid was built by the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu.

The pyramid was built as a tomb for Khufu.

The pyramid was built around the year 2560 BC.

The pyramid is believed to have been built over a 20 year period.


Its original height was 146.6 meters (480.96 feet).

Its current height is138.75 meters (455.21 feet) - over the years the pyramid has lost 10 meters (30 feet) off the top.

It was ranked the tallest structure for more than 43 centuries.

The length of each side is 230.37 meters (744.8 feet).

The pyramids estimated volume is 2,521,000 cubic meters.

Each side is oriented with one of the cardinal points of the compass

- north, south, east and west.

The structure consists of approximately 2 million blocks of stone,

each one weighing more than two tons.

People think that there are enough blocks in the three big pyramids in Egypt to build a 3 meter (10 feet) high and 0.3 meter (1 foot) thick wall around France.

The sharp-edged stone over the doorway is 3 meters (10 feet) long, 2.4 meters (8 feet) high, and 1.3 meters (4 feet) thick.

All of the interior stones fit so well, a card won't fit between them.

In the year 820 AD men dug a hole in the pyramid and got inside. Sometime after this the real entrance was discovered.

Inscriptions in the pyramid were discovered in 1837. They are the only known drawings in the pyramid.