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7 Wonders of the World - The Great Pyramid of Giza - Egypt

Updated on June 5, 2011

The Great Pyramids of Giza or Gizeh in Egypt

The Egyptian Great Pyramids are probably the most recognised Wonder of the World in terms of the 7 Wonders of the World. Egyptian lore has fascinated the general public and almost every archealogical student the world over for dozens of years.

The search for hidden heiroglyphs and meaning in the unearthed heiroglyphs to date seems to send all and sundry on chases for dreams of uncovering the Great Kings of Egypts' tombs and sarcophicus' and inevatably the lost treasures buried beneath one of the biggest sandpits on earth.

The Great Pyramids of Giza Egypt

For whatever reason that the purpose for their construction arose, the pyramids remain one of the most massive feats ever accomplished by an ancient civilisation with what some would call the most primitive of building techniques.However, hidden amongst the layout of these pyramids and their internal layouts of aquaducts and chambers is possibly the most purposeful alignments in the order of the stars to which they are attributed and honoured.The Pyramids have been known to provide an exact reflection in time of the star constellation Orion.

The Great Pyramids and the Giza Plateau are situated only a few miles west of modern day Cairo and for 4500 years remained the tallest man made structure. The pyramids were commissioned by the then Kings of the fourth Dynasty around 2450 BCE.

7 wonders of the world

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7 wonders of the world

The Great Pyramids are made up of 3 distinctly aligned pyramids known as the largest being the Pyramid of Khufu, the middle being the Pyramid of Khafre and the smallest in the row being the Pyramid of Menkaure. There are also eight smaller pyramids on the plateau which however do not fall into the classification of the Great Pyramids.

There is much speculation about the Egyptians ancients being a star gazing civilisation and much thought and research has been put in to their esoteric nature and relationship to symbolism in their drawings and sculpture.There remains many missing elements to most theorists' conjecture on the subject, but I have to say I do think there is some sort of relationship between their placement of structure in their city to that of the star constellations in orbit above Egypt.

The other Wonders of the World

The other Wonders of the World are currently recognised as follows

Click on the name in the list to read more about it.

The Great Wall of China

Chichen Itsa of Mexico

The Colosseum of Italy

Machu Picchu in Peru

The Taj Mahal of India

Petra in Jordan

The 3 Great Pyramids of Egypt

View of the Great Pyramid of Giza over the Sphinx

Plan of the Giza Plateau

a.Pyramid of Khufu

b. Pyramid of Khafre
c. Pyramid of Menkaure
d. Khufu Satellite Pyramids
e. Khufu Basalt Floor
f. Khufu Boat Pits
g. Khafre Pyramid Temple
h. Khafre Causeway
i. The Great Sphynx
j. Sphynx Temple
k. Khafre Valley Temple
l. Pyramid Khentkawes
m. Khafre Satellite Pyramid
n. Khafre quarry marks
o. Menkaure Satellite Pyramids
p. Wall of the Crow
q. Eastern Mastaba Field
r. Western Mastaba Field
s. Central Mastaba Field
t. Menkaure Causeway
u. Menkaure Pyramid Temple

The Great Pyramids Mtyhology

Possibly the most mystical of stories surrounding the ancient Egyptians would be that of Osiris and Isis. The mythology of the ancient egyptians as some of the most learned in science and astrology can manufacture legends of lost fortunes, information and scrolls containing answers to some of the questions which have stumped professionals in their fields for years.

Are there really any answers in the scripts of Babylonian mystery or those often spoken of in the lost scrolls of Alexandria? Perhaps someday we will be lucky enough to uncover record of the ancients and what drove them to spend nearly 20 years erecting these magnificent feats of mathematic genius and construction.Only time will tell or will we discover these answers by returning the art and sciences of bygone eras.

video footage of the Great Pyramids

So is Egypt a vacation spot or not

 I believe it will remain the curiosity of each individual to decide if there is enough merit in visiting the amazing cultural reamins of a city once burdened with much labour and of course sand. If the heat doesn't scare you off and you are fascinated by sculpture, then its a must to visit. Possibly one of the most intriguing visits would have to be to the Cairo Musuem housing many of the artefacts discovered amongst the areas constantly under archeological inspection over the last few centuries.

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      movingfinger 5 years ago

      Hey dale, lovely hub and informative hub. Nice pics too! The egyptians were an advanced civilisation considering their technology vis a vis their achievements.

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      rickzepeda 7 years ago

      There's a lot going on there!