What protects the pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids: Pitfalls protect the king from robbers

Pyramids are among the wonders of the world. And not without good reason: They are man-made from millions of blocks. Inside they house the remains of the Pharaoh.

Pyramids are ancient Egyptian royal tombs. They are made of stone, have a square base and triangular pointed sides with an angle of inclination of 52ยบ. The first pyramid was built by King Sneferu: the "Red Pyramid" of Dahshur. A mortuary temple was built next to the pyramid. In it were statuettes of the king. The temple served the dead cult of the late king. The area around the mortuary temple and pyramid was surrounded by an enclosure wall. The largest pyramid is that of King Cheops. It has a height of 146.6 meters and an edge length of 233 meters. 2.3 million blocks were used to build it. The entrances and the cult rooms of the mortuary temple were provided with reliefs. Since Unas, the last king of the fifth dynasty, the chambers of the pyramid have been inscribed with religious texts.

Pitfalls and secret doors protect the pharaoh

The entrance to the actual burial chamber was in the north. Since King Sesostris II, the entrance has been kept a secret for fear of grave robbers. Only a complicated, often kinking system of corridors with blind paths, pitfalls and secret doors led to the actual tomb of the king.