Without any shred of doubt, pyramids are an architectural phenomenon. During the ancient times, these enormous structures did serve both religious and ceremonial functions. Even though the construction, maintenance and subsequent use of pyramids have been shrouded in mystery since time immemorial, there are some interesting facts worth taking note of.
Here are the top 10 mind-blowing facts about the Pyramids you didn’t know about. They include;
1Pyramids are not only found in Egypt
Contrary to popular belief, Egypt is not the only country with pyramids. This wrong notion has been perpetuated by the frequent referrals made to the Pyramid of Giza. It is worth noting though that there are hundreds of pyramids scattered around the globe in places such as Asia, South America and other African countries
2There are over 130 pyramids in Egypt alone
The first Egyptian pyramid is believed to be the Pyramid of Djoser and it was built in Saqqara in 2640 B.C. The Pyramid of Khufu also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the ancient wonders of the world. Standing at 146 meters above the ground, the Great Pyramid was for 3800 years the tallest man made structure in the world.
3China has the most pyramids in the world
This does surprise very many people who assume that Egypt has the most pyramids. Even though Egypt has the most popular pyramids, it cannot match the thousands of pyramids scattered all over China such as the Mausoleum of First Quin Emperor amongst a long list.
4Khafre, Khufu and Menkaure are the most popular Pyramids
These pyramids are part of the Ancient wonders of the world. The Menkaure pyramid was named after an Egyptian king who reigned from 2490 to 2472 BC and was built using sarcophagus, red granite and limestone. The Khufu Pyramid was also named after an Egyptian king who reigned between 2589 and 2566 BC. The Khafre pyramid was named after the son of Khufu.
5It is impossible to replicate the precision of the Great Pyramid
This particular pyramid was constructed with such precision that even the most sophisticated and advanced technology currently in the market cannot replicate the same precision using the same building materials.
6Humans were sacrificed on top of some pyramids
In ancient times, the Mayans and Aztecs were known to routinely sacrifice people, both strangers and prisoners at the top of the pyramid. This is in fact one of the reasons why all the Mayan and Aztec pyramids had a stair stepped architecture. The largest human sacrifice took place at the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan where slightly over 80,000 people were sacrificed during its re-consecration.
7Pyramids of Giza and the Great Pyramid have the unusual scent of Urine
Tourists who have been fortunate enough to tour both of these pyramids have all commented about the unusual urine scent which permeates the pyramids. This scent has baffled both archeologists and researchers alike and because the airflow within the pyramids is quite limited, getting rid of the smell is almost impossible. There are several theories as to where the smell originated from; some believe it came from prisoners who were kept there, the builders or vandals. The jury is still out there.
8To date, there are people who believe that pyramids hold some mystical power
There are people who believe that the pyramids in South and Central America still do hold some mystical powers. Many people who believe in deities do believe that the more people follow a certain deity, the weaker the deity gets over time. It thus follows that a deity which has not been followed for some time does have more power to grant. They thus follow the hidden deities in Pyramids so as to get their powers.
9The Great Pyramid is made up of 2,300,000 Stone blocks
Even though the exact number of stone blocks is not known, it is estimated that it has 2.3 million blocks. With each block weighing anything between two and thirty tons, it is still a marvel as to how these blocks were lifted or raised and how they were delicately balanced to last that long.
10The shape of Pyramids is a result of the tools available at the time
Archeologists have since concluded that the shape of pyramids was mainly driven by the type of tools available during those ancient times. With only chisels, mallets, hammers and trowels, the constructors were limited in the design options. They chiseled, smoothed and stacked blocks together and came up with stable structures which could be seen from afar and used as a tomb for the pharaoh.