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Its the oldest and the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World It is the Great Pyramid of Giza It doesnt need any speculations in reference to the appearance size or shape It is located in the city of Giza a necropolis of ancient Memphis and today it is part of Cairo Egypt The Great Pyramid of Giza is believed to have been built over a 20 year period First the site was prepared then large blocks of stone were transported and placed An outer casing was used to smooth the surface This outer casing disappeared over the years It is still not known how the blocks were placed but there are many theories One theory is that the construction of a straight or spiral ramp that was raised as construction proceeded The ramp coated with mud and water eased the displacement of blocks The blocks were pushed or pulled into place Another theory says that blocks may have been placed using long levers with a short angled foot All through history the pyramids of Giza have motivated the human imagination Pyramids were referred to as The Granaries of Joseph and The Mountains of Pharaoh Today the Great Pyramid is enclosed along with other pyramids and the Sphinx in this region of the Giza Plateau When the Great Pyramid was built it was 481 ft 14575 m high over the years it has lost about 30 ft 10 m off the top It was the tallest structure on Earth for over 43 centuries it was surpassed in the 19th Century AD It was covered with a casing of stones to smooth the surface Some of the casing can still be seen near the top of Khefres pyramid The sloping angle of the sides is 54 degrees 54 minutes 0 seconds Each side is carefully oriented with one of the cardinal points on the compass N E S W The horizontal
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