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    (2560 BC- )
    Located at Giza, near modern day Cairo, Egypt
    Constructed by Pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty (2560 BC)
    Believed to have been built over a 20 year period
    Also known as 'The Granaries of Joseph' or 'The Mountains of Pharaoh'
    One of the seven wonders of the ancient world
    There are three Great Pyramids at Giza, but only one of them ranked in the top seven wonders of the ancient world.
    It was supposedly built by a vain Egyptian pharaoh as a tribute to himself.
    It serves no purpose as a building (except as a tomb), yet cost the lives of many laborers.
    Supposedly, it was primarily built using slave labor.
    Nobody really knows how it was actually built, although there are many theories.
    Some believe it was built by aliens, citing such proof as it was impossible to rebuild using modern machinery, or even the ancient methods. This ignores several unmarked graves at the site of the Pyramid.
    It lost 30 feet of its length over the years.
    An Arab proverb states, 'Man fears Time. Yet Time fears the Pyramids.'
    At over 481 feet high, it was the tallest building in the world until the 19th century.
    It is the oldest surviving man-made structure on Earth, and also the oldest great wonder.
    It is the only surviving ancient wonder on the list of the seven great wonders.
    It consists of two million blocks of stone, weighing more than two tons each.
    The maximum error between side lengths is less than 0.1%.
    Each side is oriented with one of the cardinal points of the compass.
    When Napoleon invaded Egypt, he said of the Great Pyramid to his soldiers, 'From the top of this Pyramid, 40 centuries are looking at us.'
    It brings tourism dollars to the otherwise worthless region of the Giza Plateau.
    It is an engineering marvel.

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