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ART AND THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION The Building And Meaning To The Great Giza Pyramids Many hundreds of years ago the construction began on one of the seven wonders of the world Today they are looked upon as not only a tomb for the dead but also an artistic masterpiece inside and out The three great pyramids of Giza stand on the west bank of the Nile river outside Cairo These pyramids were build around 2600-2500 BC The largest one was built for King Khufu better known as Cheops by Grecians The second largest was built for King Chephren and the third was built for King Mycerinus King Cheops pyramid contains more that 2 million stone blocks that average 25 tons a piece It originally stood 481 feet tall but considering some of the top stones has fallen off it now stands only 450 feet tall Its base covers 13 acres The quote It is estimated that it took 400000 workers working everyday for 20 years to build the Great Pyramid was said by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus however archaeologists now doubt these figures but the true figures cant be specified All archaeologists have discovered to the best of their knowledge is that they believe that peasants worked on the pyramids during the flood season when the Nile flooded the crops
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