A Different Look at the Egyptian Pyramids

Mainstream version of the history of the Egyptian Pyramids – Were the Egyptian Pyramids merely the tombs of the Pharaohs – Did the slaves really built the Pyramids – The amazing mathematics behind the Egyptian Pyramids – The Sphinx – Power stations or space ports? – How to see the Egyptian Pyramids by yourself

Among the most significant man-made wonders of the world that still stand today, the most famous one is undoubtedly the spectacular Pyramid Complex in Giza, Egypt. The aura of mystery surrounding these phenomenal structures only grows bigger with every new discovery.

You’d think that coming from the vast number of scientists and archaeologists, who have been researching the Pyramids of Giza for years and years, there would be answers to every question asked. But it seems that the more we know, the more baffled we are and the more it irritates mainstream Egyptologists.    

The Pyramids of Giza

Mainstream Version

As the mainstream version dictates, The Pyramids of Egypt were built as tombs for Pharaohs. The earliest among these is the Pyramid of Djoser (c. 2630–2610 BC). The Giza Pyramid Complex consists of the Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or Khufu  (c. 2580 – c. 2560 BC), the Pyramid of Khafre or Chephren and the Pyramid of Menkaure or Mykerinos. At the foot of this complex lie several smaller structures known as Queen Pyramids. The Pyramids were built entirely by slaves utilizing ancient stone-moving techniques such as ramps, wooden blocks and rolling a sled over wet sand. The shape of the Pyramids was supposed to help the souls of the Pharaohs ascend successfully into afterlife.

But we know that it’s not all that easy.

Were the Pyramids Merely Tombs for the Pharaohs?

Books and books have been written in the attempt to debunk the theory that the sole purpose of the Pyramids was in being a tomb. So, I will only summarize these findings.

  • No remains or objects of value were found in the Pyramids. Egyptians were very particular about what to take into afterlife with them. Besides all the necessary stuff, oftentimes they even took slaves! Nothing of the kind was found in the Pyramids of Giza. The only mummy that was found in the Pyramid of Menkaure was carbon-dated. Apparently, it was put there centuries later.
  • Even though some researchers argued that the tombs were plundered and all the treasure (including the mummies!) was stolen, we know that no Pharaoh would be buried in an unmarked and undecorated chamber in a rough unfinished sarcophagus. Decorating the interior walls of the chambers and adjacent corridors with writings and inscriptions was vital for the successful passage of the soul in the next world! However, the walls in the Pyramids of Giza are practically bare. Not very king-like, I would say.
  • There is no evidence whatsoever as far as who really built the Pyramids. If I had built something so grandiose as the Great Pyramid, I would certainly have left at least a note “hey, it’s my creation!” But no, the only marking that connects the Great Pyramid to Pharaoh Khufu was a small inscription discovered in 1837 by Colonel Howard Vyse and his team. Later it was proven to be a hoax. Desperate to prove himself, he simply forged Khufu’s cartouche.

Just compare the view of the King’s Chamber and the Sarcophagus from the Great Pyramid of Giza with the Chamber of King Tutankhamun. Huge difference!

King's Chamber
King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid / Public Domain
King Tut's Tomb
King Tut’s Chamber / photo by Hajor / CC BY-SA 3.0

How Did Slaves Build the Pyramids?

The Great Pyramid of Giza consists of 2,5 million perfectly cut blocks. It’s a pretty common knowledge that it took 20 years to build it. 20 years? It is about 10,512,000 minutes. The slaves definitely mastered some impressive efficiency. They should have transported, erected and placed each 2,5 ton block roughly every 4 minutes. That is without sleep and lunch breaks. And how about planning and design? Even if different groups of people worked on several blocks at the same time, even if, according to the latest research, they were not actually slaves, but skilled and paid craftsmen, it is still on the edge of the impossible. Unless some unknown forces were involved, of course.  

The Pyramids of Giza
The walls of the Pyramids

The Mathematics of the Egyptian Pyramids

Not only were the Pyramids built in record time, they were constructed with precision that our modern architects can only envy. We know that the ancients were very particular about the location of their buildings. From South America to Asia, the ancient complexes align with constellations, equinoxes and certain stars. The whole science of  archeoastronomy was developed based on this belief! The Pyramids are not the exception.

Pyramids of Giza
Map of the Giza Pyramid Complex / by MesserWoland / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • All four sides of a Pyramid are precisely oriented to the sides of the world: North, East, South, West.
  • The orientation of the Pyramids aligns exactly with the three major stars in the Orion Belt. We can observe the same situation in Teotihuacan in Mexico. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Somehow it was just as important for the ancient Maya to do exactly the same thing with their Pyramid Complex, without ever speaking with Khufu&Co.
  • In one of his books, The Eyes of the Sphinx, Erich von Daniken mentioned that if you take any mathematical value, any distance (be it to the sun or to the stars), you will find a relationship between those numbers and the way the Pyramids were build and located. Apparently, even the PI number is widely represented in their design. Our civilization as we know it didn’t discover it until 1700s.
Inside the Pyramid

The Sphinx

The Sphinx is a mesmerizing object all in itself. A human face on top of a lion’s body, it has watched over the Giza Plateau for thousands of years. It is officially believed that the Sphinx was created at the same time as the whole Giza complex. However, erosion of limestone around it suggests that the rains that could cause this erosion could only fall around 7000 BC! Some bolder theories push it even further, a lot further!

The Sphinx

So, during the time of the hunter-gatherer society or cave men there were people capable of building something like the Great Sphinx, can it be that the human civilization is a lot older than traditionally accepted? And if so, maybe we can take a second look at the monuments in Peru, for example?

Space Port or Power Stations?

There are many theories about the purpose of the Pyramids of Giza. We know that these were very different from the typical step pyramids (such as the old Djoser pyramid or Maya construction). In the days of their glory, the Giza Pyramids had a completely flat shiny surface and a golden tip on top. Besides the already discovered chambers, modern equipment constantly finds new tunnels and passages. What were they all for? For sure not for the soul to pass, as the official theory states. The inside of the Great Pyramid looks something like this:

The Interior of the Great Pyramid
The interior structure of the Great Pyramid / by R.F.Morgan / CC BY-SA 3.0

However, if we accept that these sophisticated creations were not mere tombs, just what were they? Space Port equipment? geo-markers? power stations? There is a lot of evidence that suggests the ancient Egyptians possessed knowledge of artificial light. The temple of Hathor in Dendera is a perfect example. No residue from burning torches was found on the walls and ceilings of otherwise dark tombs and corridors. If so, how did they light them? Maybe with this?

Dendera Bulb
The Dendera Bulb / photo by Twthmoses / CC BY 2.5

Power stations or not, we know now that the Pyramids are perfectly shaped for gathering the energy of the Earth. Perhaps, the ancients knew how to harness this energy with the help of the Giza Pyramids and use it for their various purposes: light, power, maybe even space travel?

The network of the passageways and shafts of the Great Pyramid of Giza is still being researched. The new theories have to fight their way through mainstream dogma, but hopefully, if archaeologists and scientists work together, one day they will finally crack the Pyramid Code. Who know, they might discover a brand-new source of energy! Boy, with the fossil fuel situation in our world, this could definitely come in handy.

How to See the Egyptian Pyramids by Yourself

To see the Great Pyramids of Giza is one of the major bucket-list items for anyone, not only Ancient Astronaut Theorists. It’s actually very easy to arrange. There are a lot of people that make big eyes when you tell them you are going to Egypt. “Oh my God, are you sure? It’s so dangerous!” Well, Cairo is just as dangerous as any big city of the world. With a little common sense and simple precautions, you’ll be just fine.

It’s not the “danger” that intimidated us, though. We only had 3 days to spend in Cairo. The city is huge and rather messy, and traffic is probably the craziest in the world. Yes, Cairo has a Subway system, but on the other hand, a personal driver doesn’t cost that much. A dollar goes a pretty long way in Egypt.

So, for efficiency reasons, we decided not to wander around by ourselves, but book a tour. We chose a 5 day Cairo Short Break tour, offered by Memphis Tours, where day 1 and 5 are used for arrival and departure and 3 days in the middle had activities.

Here is what’s included:

  • the 5-star hotel stay (breakfast included)
  • all the lunches at different restaurants
  • a personal English-speaking tour guide
  • a personal driver
  • entrance tickets (with some exceptions such as the Mummy room at the Cairo Museum or a private camel ride)
  • our guide negotiated with the camel handlers (who are notorious for tricking you into paying one price to go and charging double for the way back)
  • 24/7 support line. It proved very useful when we decided to go on a Nile Dinner Cruise with Belly Dancing. It was not originally included in our tour and without our skilled driver, we would have never made it on time!
  • Our tour guide made tons of pictures, absolutely free of charge. He knew all the right spots and we didn’t have to ask anyone when we wanted a photo of us both.

The tours and activities:

  • Full day exploring the Pyramids + Pyramid of Djoser in Sakkara
  • Islamic Cairo (incl. Saladin Citadel)
  • Old Bazaar
  • Coptic Cairo
  • Old Memphis
  • the Cairo Museum
  • Numerous shops with rather interesting demonstrations (papyrus factory, Egyptian essential oils, carpet factory, etc)
The Pyramid of Djoser
The Pyramid of Djoser

Unfortunately, we didn’t hear anything controversial from our guide. Nevertheless, we learned a lot and even got a lesson in reading the hieroglyphs! I did come to realization that Egyptians don’t like to talk about the alternative theories concerning the Pyramids and jealously guard the accepted point of view. Naturally, they don’t want to think that their biggest treasure might have been created by someone else for something that is beyond their understanding.

Where We Stayed in Cairo

One of the greatest perks of the tour was our hotel. It had a perfect “wow” effect. After checking in, we went out to the courtyard and what a view opened up before our eyes! The Great Pyramid was towering just behind the fence. At night, enjoying a kebab and a glass of Sakara Gold, we watched a light show on its ancient walls. (CLICK HERE for information, time tables and tickets for the Sound and Light Show if you’d like to go and see it up close.)

Le Meridien Hotel and Spa
Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa is located just within a walking distance from the Pyramid Complex. If you don’t wish to buy a tour, you can just book a room directly and enjoy exploring the Pyramids all by yourself. At some point, just go alone and take a different look at these marvelous ancient structures. Sit down and spend some time thinking of all their secrets. Oh, if only these walls could talk…

Map to the Pyramids
Walking distance to the Pyramid Complex

And what do you think? Were the ancient Pyramids built by humans or aliens? How was that achieved? What was their purpose? Could they be a part of an ancient Power Station? Have you ever been to Egypt and have you ever seen the Pyramids with your own eyes? What is your impression? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments !

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