The pyramids of Giza, one of the world’s seven wonders, is considered among the best-known monuments of Africa. The Egyptian monument is almost 4000 years old. The monument holds a significant history, which accounts for the creation and attempts at demolishing the Pyramids of Giza. It is the tomb of the Fourth Dynasty pharaoh of Egypt. Khufu.
Additionally, the historical building is one of the world’s best-known and most visited places in Africa. The Pyramid of Giza is one of the oldest historical buildings in the world still standing. The three Pyramids are home to a great wealth of history. The stories and facts associated with the Pyramids are fascinating.
According to historical sources, A Turk/ Kurdish Sultan of Egypt Al-Malek Al-Aziz tried to demolish one of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, in the 12th Century AD. Yet, he had to give up because the task was too big.
This is the Pyramid of Menkaure, one of the three Great Pyramids on the Giza Plateau. At the end of the twelfth century, Saladin’s son, al-Malek al-Aziz Othman ben Yusuf, saw the pyramids as symbols of a despised pagan religion. Accordingly, in his religious zeal, he wanted to demolish them. He had his workers start with Menkaure’s Pyramid, probably because it was the smallest of the three.
His workers laboured for eight months at demolishing the Pyramid but got as far as you see in the image above. They found it more difficult to destroy than it would have been to build. Despite their best efforts, they could remove only a few stones daily. (By contrast, expert historians and archaeologists have calculated that to make the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the workforce had to put a two-and-a-half ton stone into place every two minutes every day to put all two million of them into place within the twenty years it took to build the structure.)
After eight months, al-Malek’s men could only create the large vertical gash that is currently visible to the tourists and onlookers on its north face.