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Ancient Egypt
Pyramids And The Sphinx

Sphinx

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The Sphinx was carved over 4,500 years ago. It was for the Pharaoh Khafre. It had his head, the body of a lion. The Sphinx was carved out of a huge big stone. It is guarding Khafre's pyramid. The Sphinx was covered by sand which preserved it all these years. Its body is extremely soft rock and its head is very strong rock but some people used the head for gunshot practice. No one knows for sure what it was decorated with in the days of the Ancient Egyptians but it must have been very beautiful then.





Pyramids

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The Pyramids were constructed to hide the tombs of the Pharaohs. The first pyramids were step pyramids to help the pharaoh climb the steps and join the sun god Ra in the sky. After that (about 4,500 years ago) came the biggest pyramids of all, the pyramids of kings Khufu and Khafre. Until about a hundred years ago these pyramids were the tallest structures in the world! No earthquake could destroy them. They were each built of more than 2 million blocks of stone, which each weighed about as much as a small elephant. The limestone coverings were stripped by later peoples for building use. In the pyramids were a lot of false doors to trick grave robbers but they didn't work!

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Please Note: The following links to 3D trips to the pyramids require Quicktime

If you don't have it this link will help you to download quicktime (expect it to take 20 minutes on a 56K modem)

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This Link takes you on a 3D trip inside the pyramids (as if you were crawling through the tunnels!!)

This link gives a 3D view from the top of the Great Pyramid of Khufu

How Big are the pyramids - interactive challenge

Build a Pyramid out of Paper

Pyramids (flash pictures)

Pharaohs And Mummies