Things You Didn't Know About the Pyramids of Egypt
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Egypt was the greatest civilization on Earth for nearly 3,000 years, and some of the evidence of that greatness still stands today. Ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife where their pharaohs would become gods after their death. To prepare them for this new role, massive pyramids were constructed and filled with objects and treasures to sustain them in the afterlife. Thanks to the efforts of archaeologists, we currently know of 138 pyramids scattered across the country — most famously at Giza, located on the outskirts of Cairo.
More than 4,000 years after the pyramids were erected, we remain fascinated by these impressive architectural feats that mystify even modern engineers. But how much do you really know about these iconic structures? Here are seven surprising facts about the pyramids of Egypt.