INSIDE THE MYSTERY
This cross-section is a great way to get a grasp on the Pyramid of Giza. The first thing I notice about this picture is the strange hollow ‘voids’. One huge and one small. Very curious.
These ‘voids’ are a total mystery. Why did the Ancient Egyptians leave massive gaps in their structure? What was the purpose of these hallowed chambers?
As you can see, one of the biggest chambers of the pyramid actually lays far below it. This huge room could have been where pharaoh Khufu was buried at some point.
Directly above this room, you can see the Queen’s Chamber. It is exactly halfway between the north and south faces. Was a royal member placed here at some point? It’s possible.
To the right of the Queen’s Chamber, we come to the Grand Gallery. This supermassive expanse of space is an impressive sight. Sloping upwards, it’s not easy to imagine how it was built. Structurally perfect, it has baffled scholars for hundreds of years as to its original purpose.
At the end of the Grand Gallery, you arrive at the King's Chamber. Named so because some Egyptologists believe that this room is a more likely burial place for Pharaoh Khufu. There is a large granite sarcophagus placed here which is slightly bigger than the entrance to the room. This indicates that the Pyramid was built around it.
Scientists and archaeologists alike speculate that there may be other rooms and voids that are yet to be discovered.
After several millennia, the pyramids of Egypt are still only slowly revealing their secrets.
What else is lying in wait for us?