My Journey to the Pyramids: Where it all began.
From a very early age, I have been very fascinated by the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. My dad traveled to Egypt when I was barely over a year old and he kept a great photo collection of his travel there. As I grew up, I came to see all the photo albums he took the pains to make. The stories he told me and my siblings about that ancient city (whose name we had heard over and over in the Bible lessons we had at home and in Church), stirred up a lot of interest and admiration. From then on, I had a strong desire to see the wonder of that land for myself.
Right after Junior High school, though I had a natural affinity for science because of my upbringing, I started on a strange journey to discover the history of the world, which began with the book “The Human Experience: A World History” by Carl Max Kortepeter, Mounir Farah, and Andrea Berens Karls.
The story of ancient Egypt is so fascinating. Some of the things that sparked my imagination a lot was the Pharaohs, their worship, the ancient monuments, the agricultural activities of the Egyptian civilization, their preservation of the dead, and so much more. Within a short space of time, I had known so much that I had a favorite Pharaoh; Tutankhamun (The Boy King) whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.
Some Facts about The Pyramid of Giza
How the great pyramid of Giza was constructed, to this day, remains one of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries. However, there are still some well-known facts to about it. Though there are three distinct pyramids on the Giza plateau, the Great Pyramid Khufu was of spectacular interest to me.
- The Great Pyramid is the largest of the three pyramids of Giza.
- It is believed to have been constructed around 2550 BC, making it over four millennia old.
- Approximately 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing 2.5 to 15 tons were used in its construction. The whole structure weighs 5.75 million tons.
- It has a height of 147 meters and it remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3800 years.
- The length of each side at the base averages 230 meters.
- The stone structure of the Great pyramid we see today, is the underlying structure of a white and smooth limestone surface. Under the sun, the view of the pyramid then, would have been a gleaming radiance of unspeakable magnificence.
- The interior of the Great Pyramid is made up of a number of chambers, shafts and passageways as depicted in the image below.
My Journey to the Giza plains
My trip to Egypt was not for tourism purposes. It was related to my work as an Engineer, but there was no way I was going to leave without a visit to the site of the Great Pyramid.
It wasn’t too long a trip from Cairo to Giza. It was a half hour journey over a distance of about 18km. The great sights of Egypt that greeted me as I traveled there was a lot to take in. Very noticeable was the beautiful Nile River and the lush green vegetation along her banks.
My heart indeed did skip a beat when I saw the Pyramid at a distance the first time as we approached the site. Though I was very excited to see the great wonder for myself, I was filled with so much awe and wonder at the sheer size and magnificence of the structure.
Nothing can replace the experience of seeing the Great Pyramid for yourself.
Unknown things about the Great Pyramid of Giza
Though the pyramid has stood for millennia, it holds a world of mysteries that are yet to be decoded. Here are some things that still remain unknown about the Great Pyramid.
- The purpose of the Great pyramid.
- The method used in the construction.
- How the huge stones were transported.
- Secret chambers and voids which have recently been discovered are yet to be explored.
- No written records of the Pyramid’s construction have been discovered yet.
- The accuracy of their measurements in an era of no sophisticated equipment like we have today still beats the mind.
It is widely believed that the pyramids were constructed as tombs for the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. However there are significant differences between the Great Pyramid and the other excavated tombs of the ancient monarchs. I believe that the intricate design of the amazing structure makes it too sophisticated for a burial site, even for the greatest of the kings.
No burial remains have ever been recovered from the great pyramid so one cannot conclude that it was really built as a burial edifice for Pharaoh Khufu. The near emptiness of the Great pyramid is usually attributed to looting but what if those mummies and their treasures were never buried there at all in the first place?
In Daniel 12:4, the Angel told Daniel that at the time of the end, knowledge shall be increased. As we continue to advance in knowledge, some of these mysteries of the ancient wonder will be uncovered.
Make it a point to visit this beautiful place and experience the beauty of and the wonder of the Great Pyramid for yourself. I know you will love it.
© Prince A. Poku, June 2020