The Pyramids are ancient structures representing the iconography of the country Egypt. The prodigious tomb served as a holy place for higher level humans as per their culture as a temple after their death.

The conquerors and travelers were fascinated by the monument, inspiring all archeologists, architects, mathematicians, and tourists from ancient times to the present. The pyramids have reached the list of seven wonders for their symbolic magnificence in the architectural structure. 

Let us dive into why they are iconic to the world!

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Symbolism:

The cultural identification of the place is the tombs constructed for the high-level pharaohs in the community. During that period, the Egyptian civilization was the most powerful and had a lot of wealth. The tomb possessed wealth for the pharaoh’s afterlife offerings per Egyptian religious beliefs. The kings believed to be chosen by God to reach the divine between humans and god himself. The aim was to have a well-planned afterlife for all the kings and majestys’ in the saintly place. The pyramid structure symbolizes the ray converging at the central point from the sun whom they worship as lord ‘Ra’. The burial chamber of pharaohs at the center to ascent from the God of Sun after death. 

Transition:

The Pyramid was first built into a stepped structure and had a smooth transition into slope construction, it took place during King Snefru’s reign. A stepped pyramid was constructed and filled with stone and casing with limestone to achieve a smooth slope. Pyramids were part of a group, of other buildings such as temples, tombs, massive walls, and chapels. Four thousand years later pyramids still retain much of their monument’s magnificence showcasing the country’s rich prodigy. 

Architecture and Construction:

The massive structures portray the level of engineering and designing thought process and effort that went into them. They used regional materials such as limestone and granite blocks transported from the nearby query for the construction site. The workers used different strategies to move these massive stones. Egyptians used copper tools, drills, chisels, and saw tools to cut smooth stones. The harder granites were been used for the exterior casing and the burial chamber walls. 

The casing of the exterior stones was placed from top to down by a ramp and the ramp would be dismantled once the construction is done.

The pyramid’s interior corridors and passages were designed to assist the resurrection process of the Pharaohs for the afterlife transition. Architecture and Construction techniques evolved within the Egyptian Civilization, from the stepped pyramid monument to sloping.

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The shape of the Pyramid with the square base and triangular slope meeting at the center, represented the stability of the community, with grandeur structure and endurance of the pharaoh’s life after death. Astrology has been implemented for the alignment of the pyramids for religious beliefs. The hierarchy and grandeur of the Pyramid emphasize the social status and power of the Egyptian Civilization and the position of the divine rulers. They hold sensational architectural, cultural, and historical significance. The Pyramid texts are the inscriptions in the interiors of the pyramid written about the prayers and spells for afterlife religious procedures. The capstone, known as Pyramidion placed at the peak of the structure symbolized the completion of the ritual, for the pharaoh’s spiritual pathway.

The Great Pyramid of Giza:

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Also known as the Pyramid of Khufu. It is situated in the Giza plateau on the west bank of the river Nile, modern-day Cairo. The Pyramid was built for King Kfuhu, he is the successor of King Snefru. The original height of the structure is 147 meters, and the side base covers up to 230 meters, marking it the largest Pyramid structure in the world. It has also lost some of its casing stone at the exterior over time. There are other pyramids, three in a row lined up near the Great Pyramid of Giza for King Khufu’s queens and a small tomb containing his mother’s sarcophagus made of stone. This structure was the tallest man-made construction for about 3800 years. The limestone casing to construct was brought from Tura, across the river Nile, and from the plateau itself. A few of the interior rooms were cased with granites from Aswan.

Conclusion:

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There are still theories based on the construction methodologies of the pyramids, and it is yet to be proven on what basis was this magnificent structure built with not just one of them but along the timeline of the Egyptian reign. The monument is under the UNESCO for preservation of this iconic structure. The country Egypt has placed a record on its architectural history, and it is one of the most visited tourists around the world to see the iconic and symbolism of the culture and religious beliefs through the authentic Pyramid Egyptian civilization, serving one of the powerful legacies of humankind.

Sources:

Egyptian Pyramids – Facts, Use & Construction. History.com. Available at: https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-egypt/the-egyptian-pyramids [Accessed: 01 September 2023].

The Egyptian Pyramid. Smithsonian Institution. Available at: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/ancient-egypt/pyramid [Accessed: 02 September 2023].

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