Ancient History

Why were the pyramids at Giza built?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. The Great Pyramid at Giza, across the Nile River from modern Cairo, is the largest Egyptian pyramid; it was built as a tomb for King Khufu (Cheops). A later king, Khafre (Chephren), built a pyramid nearby that was almost as large as the Great Pyramid. King Menkure (Mykerinos) later built a smaller pyramid near the larger ones that was the most perfectly constructed of the three. Although people have speculated that the pyramids at Giza may have been used as astronomical observatories or that they possess occult powers, Egyptologists contend that the pyramids are tombs and nothing more.

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