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The Great Pyramid of Giza

Out of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one still standing tall. How the Great Pyramid and the other pyramids in the Giza complex can stand the test of time and break the laws of physics are the things we will examine here.

There are many theories and conspiracies out there about why these pyramids were made and how they are still standing today. From simple burial sites for the dead pharaohs to alien strategy points and other explanations in between, these things have made the pyramids a fascination from their conception until now. However, the focus of this study is to see why the pyramids of Giza remain standing while other ancient architectural designs are slowly disintegrating or have been lost altogether.

The Design

The triangle is arguably the strongest shape there is in the physical world. A pyramid is a combination of 4 triangles; therefore, the structural integrity based on the triangular strength made the pyramids stand the test of time.

The layout of the rocks is such a perfect fit that there are places where we cannot insert anything between the rocks. This layout forms the whole pyramid as one big rock.

The Sand

It seems impossible, if not crazy, to build a very heavy and huge structure in the middle of the desert. The design of the pyramids made it possible for them to stand on the sand. The weight of the whole structure is distributed equally on all sides.

Sand is a good base for pyramids because the sand itself can hold water. The sand will become stronger when it has water, as long as the place is flat so that the sand won’t erode.

The Size

Most of the ancient, and even modern, structures were made of materials that could be reused by conquering nations or disgruntled citizens. The icon of Roman architecture, the aqueducts, was dismantled for reuse after the collapse of the empire.

The pyramids, on the other hand, are so huge that dismantling them is harder than getting a new rock from the quarry. Conquering generals, from Alexander the Great to Napoleon Bonaparte, did not try to remove these icons of antiquity because the pyramids were like trophies for them to show to the rest of the world that they ruled over Egypt.

The Purpose

The evolution of the size of the pyramids was based on the capability of the current pharaoh to outdo his predecessor. Bigger was better in the time of the pharaohs who build pyramids to exhibit their power. Building a bigger or a more beautiful architectural complex, like pyramids and grand temples, gave the pharaoh more respect from the people and from their gods.

Throughout the centuries, people have speculated on the real purpose of the pyramids at Giza. The planning, manpower, and resources to construct a pyramid for the tomb of the pharaoh who built it is mind-boggling. Even though there are many opinions about the real purpose of the pyramids, there is one thing in common – the pyramids will proclaim for all eternity the grandeur and the prestige of the pharaoh who commissioned its construction.

In conclusion, the pyramids will stay with us for longer than we think. They were witnesses to the history of the world and they will continue telling stories to future generations.

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