The pyramids in ancient Egypt were believed to be built as the burial places of the Egyptian kings. It is thought that thousands of slaves were used to cut up the large blocks and then slowly move them up the pyramid using ramps. There are still over 80 pyramids in Egypt today that are over 3000 years old.
What is inside the pyramids?
The pharaoh's burial chamber lay deep inside the pyramid and was filled with treasure. Carvings and paintings often covered the walls.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was the tallest building in the world for more than 4000 years.
- Robbers tried to break into the pyramids to steal the treasure.