Purpose of Pyramids • • • •
It was believed that a pyramid would help the pharaoh get to heaven. It was also believed that a pyramid would protect the kings body and possessions. The pyramids of Giza were built as the final resting place for three kings. Step pyramids were built as a huge stairway to heaven.
Construction of Pyramids • • • • •
The pyramids were mainly made out of limestone. The stone was quarried near the site. They used a ramp to move the stone A large pyramid could take twenty years to build. They used a water plant called papyrus as rope to move the stone.
Fascinating Facts • • • •
The great pyramid is 482 feet tall and was built with 2,300,000 blocks. Late pyramids had many traps. Many people believe in a curse called “The curse of the pharaoh”. A piece of bread 5,000 years old was found in a tomb!