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Construction with a square base and four triangular faces; it served as a tomb for the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, represented here by the pyramid of Cheops.
pyramid shaft air shaft entrance to the pyramid relieving chamber king’s chamber grand gallery queen’s chamber underground chamber descending passage ascending passage

shaft click to hear

Narrow passage used by the workers to exit the pyramid after blocking the ascending passage at the conclusion of the funeral rites.

air shaft click to hear

Ventilation shaft leading outdoors.

entrance to the pyramid click to hear

Point of entry into the pyramid.

relieving chamber click to hear

Series of five chambers designed to ease the pressure exerted by the stone blocks on the king’s chamber.

king’s chamber click to hear

Funeral chamber that housed the pharaoh’s sarcophagus.

grand gallery click to hear

Large passage leading to the king’s chamber.

queen’s chamber click to hear

Unfinished chamber thought to be the king’s second chamber; it was probably abandoned because the access passage was too narrow for the sarcophagus.

underground chamber click to hear

Unfinished chamber located at ground level, believed to be the king’s chamber; it was built in case the pharaoh died prematurely.

descending passage click to hear

Passage leading to the underground chamber.

ascending passage click to hear

Passage leading to the grand gallery.