The Great Pyramid of Giza (or the Pyramid of Khufu), is a dazzling spectacle. Constructed around 2560 BCE, this massive 481.4 feet (147 meters) structure is made of 2.3 million limestone blocks. But have you ever wondered what’s inside this indeed, marvellous pyramid?
Let’s find out. But before we get into that, let’s talk a bit about the purpose of the pyramids.
Egyptian pyramids were royal tombs and were used as the resting place for the Egyptian kings, most commonly known as pharaohs. They were part of a larger funerary complex that also included various mortuary temples for daily offerings. Pyramids also had subterranean chambers and it was in these chambers that pharaohs’ sarcophagus were placed. So, what can anyone find inside the Great Pyramid of Giza? (the article continues after the ad)
The answer is not a lot actually. Pretty much like its neighbor pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, the Great Pyramid has minimum open space. When entering the pyramid a narrow passageway leads to an ascending passageway, which takes you to the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s chamber (a misnomer) and then to the King’s Chamber where the Khufu’s sarcophagus rests. The sarcophagus was placed there because the Great Pyramid’s subterranean chambers were never completed.
Here’s the illustration of what’s inside the pyramid:
Here’s the entrance of the pyramid:
This is how narrow the passageways are:
The Grand Gallery: (the article continues after the ad)
And the King’s Chamber with Khufu’s sarcophagus:
As you can see from the picture, the inside of the pyramid is quite austere and this is because the decoration of the burial chambers with hieroglyphics started in later pyramids.