Egypt Pyramids facts
August 26, 2009 | In: History facts
The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt were built as tombs for Kings (and Queens), and it was the exclusive privilege to have a Pyramid tomb.
Most of the pyramids can be found on the western side of the Nile River, just into the dry desert.The reason they built the pyramids next to the Nile River was so it would be easier to get the blocks to the pyramid.
The first true pyramid was developed for King Sneferu during the 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.
King Khufu’s great pyramid is the largest pyramid (Great Pyramid at Giza). It is well known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, standing at an impressive 146 meters.
There are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt as of 2008.
Most pyramid complexes had satellite pyramids and queens’ pyramids. The satellite pyramids were too small to serve as burial places, and their purpose remains mysterious.