Although largely associated exclusively with Egypt, the pyramid shape was first used in ancient Mesopotamia in the mud-brick structures known as ziggurats. The pyramids are the stone tombs of Egypt's kings - the Pharaohs and one of the world's greatest historical mysteries. They have stood for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians built pyramids as tombs for the pharaohs and their queens. The pharaohs were buried in pyramids of many different shapes and sizes. About Company Vision Team Contact Privacy Advertise with us. They currently rise feet [ m]. The Giza pyramid complex has been a popular tourist destination since antiquity, and was popularized in Hellenistic times when the Great Pyramid was listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built for the Pharaoh Khuf. If this attribution is correct, Khaba's short reign could explain the seemingly unfinished state of this step pyramid. Latest News Watch Videos Discuss Topics Most Popular Documentaries Submit Content.