Egyptian Pyramid Facts for Kids
- Name: Egyptian Pyramids
- Location: Egypt, Africa-Asia
- Total Pyramids: Between 118 and 138
- Earliest Pyramid Built: Saqqara (2670 BCE)
- Latest Pyramid Built: Taharqa (664 BCE)
- Significance: Architectural abilities of ancient Egyptians
27 Egyptian Pyramid Facts for Kids
- Egyptian pyramids are pyramid-shaped structures that were built by ancient Egyptians.
- All the Egyptian pyramids are in the northeast region of Egypt, Africa.
- Most of the Egyptian pyramids were built and used as tombs for pharaohs.
- Egyptologists estimate there are between 118 and 138 known Egyptian Pyramids.
- Egyptologists believe all known Egyptian Pyramids were built between the 27th century BCE and the 7th century BCE.
- The Pyramid of Djoser, also called the Step Pyramid is the oldest known Egyptian Pyramid.
- The Pyramid of Djoser was built in the 27th century BCE by ancient Egyptian pharaoh Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty.
- The GPS coordinates of the Pyramid of Djoser are 29°52′16.56″N 31°12′59.02″E.
- The Pyramid of Djoser is built out of limestone.
- It’s estimated that the Pyramid of Djoser has a volume of 11.6 million cubic feet.
- The Pyramid of Djoser had a maximum height of 205 feet.
- The base of the Pyramid of Djoser is 358 feet by 397 feet.
- The most famous Egyptian pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- The GPS coordinates of the Great Pyramid of Giza are 29°58′45″N 3°08′03”E.
- The Great Pyramid Giza is the largest pyramid at the Giza pyramid complex.
- The Great Pyramid Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
- The Great Pyramid Giza is built out of granite and limestone.
- It’s estimated that the Great Pyramid Giza has a volume of 81 million cubic feet.
- The Great Pyramid Giza had a maximum height of 481 feet.
- The Great Pyramid Giza has a length of 756 feet at its base.
- Egyptologists think the Great Pyramid Giza was a tomb built for ancient Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.
- The most intact tomb found in an Egyptian pyramid was the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62).
- The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 by British Egyptologist Howard Carter.
- Many famous and valuable Egyptian antiquities were discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- The Mask of Tutankhamun was discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, a famous gold death mask.
- A 2016 study of a dagger found in Tutankhamun’s tomb suggests it was made from the iron of a meteorite.
- It’s a common myth that slaves were used to build the Egyptian Pyramids. It’s possible that some slave labor might have been used or labor as punishment for a crime. Recently discoveries have shown that workers from the north and south were paid to construct Egyptian Pyramids.
Pictures of Egyptian Pyramids
A picture of the Giza Egyptian Pyramids.
A picture of one of the Giza Pyramids.
A picture looking up an Egyptian Pyramid.
A picture of the entrance to the Great Giza Pyramid.
A picture of a tomb near the Giza Egyptian Pyramids.
A picture of the Sphinx statue near the Giza Pyramids.
Find More Facts About the Egyptian Pyramids
- The Egyptian Pyramid – Learn about the Egyptian Pyramid, why they built them and other facts on the Smithsonian website.
- Pyramids of Giza – Discover the most famous Egyptian Pyramids, the Pyramids of Giza, on the Britannica website.
- Virtual Tour of the Pyramids of Giza – Use Google to take a virtual tower of the Pyramids of Giza from the comfort of your home.
- List of Egyptian Pyramids – Find and research all the known Egyptian pyramids on the Wikipedia website.