Egypt

The
Egyptian , after nearly 4,500 years, are still standing as
testaments to the faith, dedication and  of 
Egyptians. A trip to  would not be complete without a visit to the
Pyramids. Other pyramids exist, but their purpose, for the most part,
was different than those of  Egypt. The pyramids most famous
outside of Egypt are those located in  and to the south of
, these appear to have been built more as temples. The Egyptian
pyramids were built as tombs, sometimes to hold the physical body of a
pharaoh and other individuals, or to hold the soul of the deceased, as
the small cult pyramids built next to the larger ones were. The shape
of the  was choosen,to mimic the Benben, a  shaped stone
found in the earliest of temples.   of many of the
 is believed to be  the ' own power and
perhaps, the glory and strength of their country. 
In the desert west
of Cairo, on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, the
Egypt pyramids still stand on the  plateau as perhaps the most
elaborate tombs ever built. Probably the most renowned archeological
site, the Egyptian pyramid complex at  has three pyramids that were
all built toward the end of ancient Egypt's fourth  of rulers
that reigned  2589 to 2504 B.C.
The Great Pyramid
of  is the largest of the three Egyptian pyramids at Giza.
Originally about 480 feet tall, the Great Pyramid's base has sides that
are longer than 754 feet and are oriented in the direction of the four
cardinal points of the compass.  have stood in awe of this
largest of Egyptian pyramids. Khufu's pyramid was looted by grave
robbers and had its outer limestone casing scraped off and used for
building projects elsewhere. But now, this Egyptian pyramid is once
again revered as a link to Egypt's past and is protected so that
visitors can experience its wonder for years to come.
Interesting Fact:
..........The
Pyramid of Khufu is revered as a  of long lasting durability and
that is probably the reason for its placement on the back of the US
Dollar Bill. 

Artist Rendition of Menkaure
Pyramids in the Mist
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