At the height of its civilization ancient Egypt built numerous pyramids most of which were tombs for
their Pharaohs. Many of these ancient structures still stand today. These amazing buildings were
incredible accomplishments for their time and are some of the most magnificent structures ever built,
especially the Great Pyramid at Giza. In this section of Ancient Egyptian Facts you will find lists of
facts about ancient Egyptian pyramids. This page will have general information and links to more
detailed information about some of these amazing buildings. As with all our pages the pages of this
section our written for both kids and adults to read and learn from.
Interesting Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Facts
Pyramids were built to be tombs for pharaohs and their queens. These ancient people went
through great effort to insure their souls would survive after death. Sometimes the individual's body
was put in the pyramid but sometimes the pyramid was just meant as a place for the soul of the
deceased to reside in the afterlife.
Why were the pharaohs tombs built with a pyramid shape? The answer most likely lies with the importance
of the sun in their religion. The pyramids shape is believed to depict descending sun rays.
The most interesting and amazing pyramids are the Great Pyramids at Giza; however most people do not
realize there are over one hundred pyramids located in Egypt.
The oldest pyramid in Egypt is located at Saqqara. It was built in approximately 2630 BC for King
Djoser who ruled in the third dynasty.
This structure is known as the Step Pyramid. At 204 feet (62 meters) it became the tallest man made
structure in the world at that time. It had courtyards surrounding it where Djoser could spend the
Starting with the pyramid for King Djoser stepped pyramids were constructed (but never finished) for
The Red Pyramid at Dahshur was the first smooth-sided (not stepped) pyramid. It was built for Sneferu
a king in the fourth dynasty.
Near modern-day Cairo stand the most amazing pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians; the Great
Pyramids of Giza. The Great Pyramid is the most ancient and the largest of the pyramids at Giza; it is
the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that is still standing. It is the tomb of
a king of the fourth dynasty. It is constructed with over two million blocks of stone weighing
around 2.5 tons ( 2,268 kilograms) each that had to be cut, transported and assembled. This was an
almost unbelievable accomplishment for this time.
Conclusion Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Facts
Unfortunately tomb robbers throughout the ages have taken many of the magnificent artifacts from the
interiors of the pyramids. Pharaohs were buried with numerous treasures made of precious metals like
gold that they would have in the afterlife.
Throughout the centuries the exteriors of the pyramids have been stripped of the limestone that use to
cover their exterior.
Egyptian pyramids are the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt.