Egyptian pyramids and their location

Ancient Egypt is a renowned ancient civilization of Northeast Africa that was concentrated along the Nile River, where the modern country of Egypt currently lays. The ancient Egyptian civilization left behind some extraordinary landmarks. Their ability to adapt to the conditions of the Nile River Valley led to numerous quarrying, surveying and construction techniques that allowed them to build impressive, monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks.

The Egyptian pyramids are perhaps the best known landmarks of this country and are visited by millions of tourists every year. These pyramid-shaped masonry structures are one of the reasons why Egypt is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As of 2008, there are 138 pyramids discovered in this country. Most of these pyramids were built as tombs for ancient Egypt’s rulers, called Pharaohs, and they consorts.

They were built during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods, the earliest ones dating back to 2630 BCE. Experts estimate that it took up to 100,000 workers to build a single pyramid. In those times, when technology was not nearly as advanced as it is nowadays, you can imagine how much hard work and dedication it needed for such a construction to be built.

The pyramid shape is though to symbolize the primordial mound from which people in ancient Egypt believed the planet was created. The pyramid shape is believed to represent the descending rays of the sun. Since most pyramids were faced with polished, highly reflective white limestone, they have a brilliant appearance when viewed from a distance. Moreover, all the pyramids were built on the west bank of the river Nile, which is the site of the setting sun and was associated with the realm of the dead in Egyptian mythology.

Abusir (also spelled Abu Sir):
Pyramid of Sahure
Pyramid of Neferirkare
Pyramid of Neferefre
Pyramid of Nyuserre

Bent Pyramid (Sneferu)
Red Pyramid (Sneferu)
White Pyramid (Amenemhat II)
Senusret III
Amenemhat is Beautiful (Amenemhat III)

The Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu)
Khafre’s Pyramid
Menkaure’s Pyramid
Knethkaus I

Step Pyramid (Djoser)
Buried Pyramid (Sekhemkhet)
Pyramid of Userkaf

North Saqqara:
Perfect are the places of Unas (Unas)
Pyramid of Teti

South Mazghuna:
Amenemhat IV (also known as Sobehneferu)

Amenemhat Lives (Amenemhat III)

Pyramid of Khui

Aby Rawash:
Pyramid of Djedefre

South Saqqara:
Mastabet el-Fara’un (Shepseskaf)
Pyramid of Djedkare-Isesi
Pyramid of Pepi I
Pyramid of Merenre
Pyramid of Pepi II
Qakare Ibi
Pyramid of Khendjer

Pyramid of Ahmose

Zawyet el’Aryan:
Layer Pyramid (Khaba)
Sanakht (also known as Nebka)

Pyramid of Meidum (Sneferu)

El-Lahun (also spelled Illahun):
Senusret Appears (Senusret III)

Pyramid of Senusret I
The Places of the Appearances of Amenemhat I

All the pyramids are simply breathtaking, so if you ever get to Egypt, make sure you do not miss seeing them. There’s nothing like them in the entire world!