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PyramidsThe pyramids of Egypt are the last remaining Wonder of the World Even inthe days of Ancient Egypt when powerful pharaohs ruled over Egypt the pyramidswere considered a wonder Today the ruins of 35 pyramids still stand nearthe Nile River in Egypt These pyramids were built to protect the bodiesof Egyptian kings and other royalty but before the pyramids became the standardfor burials tombs were used for Egypts early rulers nobles and otherhigh ranking officials This group of hierarchy were laid to rest in rectangularflat-topped mastabas of mud and brick These mastabas were about 12 feethigh and were easy targets for tomb robbersThe first pyramid built was the Step Pyramid of Saqqara it stands in theopen desert south of Cairo The Step Pyramid was built for King Djoser Thepeople of Egypt willingly labored to build these monuments for their rulersbelieving that as gods the pharaohs had to be properly provided for intheir afterlife The Step Pyramid was built around 2630 BC It exhibiteda radical new shape never before used and it was so new the Egyptians usedits silhouettes as the hieroglyphic for primeval mound the firstpiece of earth to emerge from the soup of creation Malek 90King Djosers chief architect for his pyramid was Imhotep It is thoughtthat King Djosers stone tomb started out having the standard shapeof a mastaba Then as construction progressed a concept evolved Imhotepbegan to place one flat-topped stone structure atop another until he hadcreated six steps by which the king could ascent to the heavens after deathThe Egyptians had a firm belief in an afterlife and viewed their pharaohsas gods These beliefs were a strong force that led to the piling up of stonesto such a monumental scale The Step Pyramid rose to a height of 204 feetlater pyramids increased in height as their designs changed It was notsufficient that a pyramid be immense but it had to be built so solidly thatit would stand foreverAlthough the Step Pyramid was
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