The Greek historian herodotus was told that it took 100,000 men 20 years to build the great pyramid at Giza. Scholars today, however, think it may have been built by only 20,000 men over 20 years. A pyramid’s large square base creates a very stable structure.
How Long Did It Take to Build the Great Pyramid?
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and was built around 2560-2540 BC. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and is the only one of the seven wonders that still stands today. It is believed to have been built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu and is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture.
This incredible structure was built by an estimated 100,000 workers in a period of approximately 20 years. Ancient Egyptians did not have the same tools and technology as we do today, so the Great Pyramid was built using primitive tools such as copper chisels, reed and wooden mallets, and stone and copper saws. The stones used were transported from a nearby quarry and dragged up ramps that were built around the Pyramid.
The pyramid itself was constructed out of around 2.3 million limestone blocks, each weighing between 2.5 to 15 tons. It is believed that around 5.5 million tons of limestone, 8,000 tons of granite from Aswan (500 miles away), and 500,000 tons of mortar were used in the construction of the pyramid. The workers would have had to cut, transport, and position each