Ancient Egypt: Who Built The Pyramids

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words ancient egypt? Cleopatra? The Great Sphinx? Eyeliner? Powerful pharaohs? These are all great symbols of ancient egypt, but ancient egypt just wouldn’t be ancient egypt without the pyramids. Of course it took a lot of people and a lot of time to build these immense structures, but who built the pyramids? Who designed them? And were any of these builder or architects famous? These questions are what I’m trying to answer and answer them I will. Let’s start by answering the question, “Who built the pyramids?” At first it seemed like only slaves would spend so much time building something that seemed so inessential, but that’s not the case. Most people voluntarily helped with the building of…show more content…
Well the first known architect named Imhotep, was also the most famous. He built a pyramid for King Djoser and this started the whole Pyramid fad. He was born a commoner and he was many other things as well. Such as an admired healer, sage, high priest, and advisor for King Djoser. It is believed that Imhotep worked for as many as four kings, he was famous while he lived, and even more so in death. Even though Imhotep was very famous, the great Pyramid was not built by him, and the same goes for the rest of the Pyramids of Giza. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built by King Khufu, and is the tallest of the pyramids standing at 480 feet tall. Then King Khufu’s son and Grandson built the two other renowned pyramids of Giza. His Son Khafre built the second largest Pyramid which was 448 feet tall, and his son Menkaure carried on the tradition. King Menkaure who was Khafre’s son and King Khufu’s grandson built the smallest, and last of the Giza pyramids. His Pyramid was roughly 215 feet, the pyramids got smaller and smaller, but you know what they say the original is always the
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