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Hidden Secrets Of The Great Pyramid

Updated on May 4, 2011

Pyramid of Cheops

One of the largest pyramids ever built was the Pyramid of Cheops, in Giza, Egypt. It is thought to have been built around 5,000 years ago. But the question of how it was done has perplexed the world ever since. Also known as the Great Pyramid it stands 450 feet tall, or about 40 stories with the pyramids’ base covering 13 acres.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Khufuor or Pyramid of Cheops, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. It’s the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one still substantially intact. It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu around 2551 BC.

Building the mammoth structure required over 2 million stone blocks, each weighing from two to five tons. They had to be cut on location from a distant limestone quarry and ferried across the Nile. These huge blocks were then dragged to the pyramid, up a construction ramp and put in place layer by layer. Having no machinery or iron tools how could they have placed these stones so accurately? It still remains unknown!

Huge Monuments

The ancient Egyptians built these huge monuments to bury their royalty. They believed this would assure a life of peace and wealth and eternal life after death for their souls. Estimates indicate it would have taken about 400,000 men twenty years to complete the job.

Notwithstanding their amazing construction feat, there seems to also be some paranormal phenomena associated with the Pyramid of Cheops. An account tells of a French hardware dealer in the 1940’s who saw some mummified animals 1/3 the way up the pyramid. Not unusual in itself, but they exhibited no signs of decomposition. He could not logically explain it therefore he concluded the shape of the pyramid had to be the answer.

Testing A Theory

To test his theory, he constructed small cardboard mockups and attempted to replicate the effect by placing dead mummified organic material under them. He succeeded and thereby deduced the shape produced some type of strange energy.

Later, a radio engineer conducted other experiments using a scale model of Cheops. His method involved keeping a razor blade inside the model. After shaving with it 50 times the blade actually became sharper. To this day no scientific explanation has been found.

There are other mysteries the Cheops pyramid has kept secret throughout the centuries. For example, the so called "Air Shafts." have no known purpose. There were none found in any of the earlier or later pyramids. They couldn’t have been constructed for human passage…being only 8 X 8 inches. So, what was their purpose?

Some have theorized they were “air shafts”, but that couldn’t be since the shafts were closed at both ends. So, what about light or "star shafts"? Not likely, since the shafts have bends and turns. Sever other type “shafts” were also proposed and subsequently rejected.

The most likely explanation, based on ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, would suggest they were "spirit shafts" or "soul shafts". But that theory raises another question. If they were built as escape routes for a soul, why were they only made in that particular generation? The shafts complicated construction immensely, requiring untold additional toil. So the question is still, why were they so important?

There are still hundreds of pyramids from India to Peru all constructed by civilizations separated by the Atlantic. These ancient peoples, who supposedly didn’t know the others existed, built these giant triangular structures.

Today’s historians have a fair grasp of the past two thousand years. But before that not much is known for certain. In fact, it’s not a surety Egyptians built the Great Pyramid. The Great Pyramid is older than Egyptian history. They didn’t know any more about who built them or why than today’s historians.

Up until the last millennium the pyramids were covered completely with smooth polished limestone casing blocks. The pyramids didn’t always look like they are now. In their beginning they were covered with 115,000 10-ton polished limestone sheets fitted so perfectly a razor’s edge couldn’t fit between them. Today a few polished casings can still be found at the base.

According to Egyptologists, the Giza pyramids were built for three separate pharaohs over a hundred year span. Huge man-made mounds were erected in China, Great Britain, North America, and isolatedPacific islands whilethe Egyptians were still existing in squalor along the Nile.


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      sujitha 6 years ago


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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      The north and south shafts from the King's Chamber are to have both opened in the casing at the height of 80.63 ms ± 4 cm above the base.10 The apertures thus coincided with the level of the 105th course (3174.7 to 3176.0 inches above the base, mean 80.65 ms).11 This is exactly 2 × 7 × 11 equals 154 cubits above the base. The level of the outlets was therefore commensurate with both the shaft-profile of 7 rise on 11 base, and the casing-profile of 14 rise on 11 base, placing the outlets at a distance of 154 × 11/14 or 121 cubits horizontally inside the north and south base-lines of the pyramid. Given the side-length of the base of 440 cubits, the horizontal distance across the Great Pyramid at the level of the outlets will be (440 - 2 × 121) or 198 cubits, which is exactly equal to the height of the pyramid from the floor-level of the King's Chamber to the apex, of (280 - 82) cubits or 198 cubits. 9

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      I am still amazed with the Egyptian Pyramid, just lining up the vent shafts without a computer to do the math is incredible.

      These calculations and drawings really had to exist in great details. ??

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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      The biggest difference is that Mayan pyramids are bilaterally built and Egyptian pyramids are symmetrical on all sides. The Mayan structures could be built quicker since the limestone quarries were close by. The Egyptians had to travel and transport their blocks across the Nile.

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago


      What is also interesting besides your hub.

      Is the difference between the Egyptian Pyramids and those of the Mayans near Cancun.

      It looks like the staircasing of the Mayan Pyramid would be way easier to build than the Egyptian ones.

      What is your thought on these two different pyramid designs?

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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I never thought of that OpinionDuck. Let me show you the polaroids I took! LOL

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      OpinionDuck 7 years ago

      What I find amazing is that among all the stone picture carvings we don't have any that chronicle the building of these Pyramids.

      I don't believe that we can duplicate these Pyramids even today.

      Great article.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      One of many misteries -

      Perhaps those shafts had something to do with sunlight - considering the sun as the superior god in those days. Perhaps it was jails before the Egyptians 'took over'. Awww, I'm just speculating.

      I was disappointed when I saw those pyramides in 1999. They don't look as glamorous as on photo's - but only ruines of old rocks.

      Kairo looks from the air like a termite colony - all buildings are the color of mud - no traffic rules - strange world!

      Thanks for this interesting article!

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      Eric Standridge 7 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma

      Excellent hub! I think there's been a thousand different theories to those "air shafts", but none of them make any sense to me. I doubt they'll ever figure it out..