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If there’s anything humans have a love/hate relationship with, it’s our past. Every page of our shared history book is detailed with contradictions: Bloodshed and war, forgiveness and rebirth, and so on. And because of this chaotic past, humans put a lot of importance onto what we create. Skyscrapers just keep getting taller, cities are getting bigger, and we idolize anything that seems to touch the sky…

Naturally, then, it’s the innovations of the past that continue to astound us the most. The Great Wall of China is a symbol of strength and the Colosseum is hauntingly beautiful, but before these marvels were even constructed, ancient civilizations were building something else. Those projects still leave experts speechless.

Children were born, raised, and grown up by the time the largest pyramid in the world was completed — in fact, they probably helped bring the Ancient Wonder to life. The aptly-named Great Pyramid of Giza took 20,000 people and 20 years to complete…

In the field of pyramid-building, 20 years to complete isn’t long — it’s actually astonishingly fast, especially considering the limited technology they had to help them build. After all, the workers didn’t exactly have cranes or diesel engines back then.

At the time some of the pyramids were built, ancient civilizations still hadn’t even discovered the wheel. This meant they didn’t have any efficient mode of transportation, and it would have taken super-human strength to lug those blocks around.

Obviously, the blocks we keep mentioning weren’t exactly light as a feather: They weighed up to 15 tons, equivalent to seven cars, and they were dragged 500 miles from the Nile. It’s a miracle the pyramids ever looked the way they did…

Years of erosion have resulted in the reddish-brown pyramids we recognize today, but back in their heyday they were covered with white, polished limestone. This made them look glass-like in the sun — and they were just as fragile.

This diamond-like shell did not last long, however. A strong earthquake in 1303 AD caused the limestone layers to loosen, so builders had to take the stones off. That doesn’t mean the pyramids totally lost their magic, however.

The Great Pyramid itself is a clever optical illusion — but you wouldn’t know it from the ground. It looks like it has four sides like most pyramids, but from an aerial view, you can see what the pyramid truly looks like…

The Great Pyramid actually has eight sides — and historians don’t really know why. Some think it could be as simple as erosion, but others think it was purposefully built with slight “splits” in each side to prevent casing stones from shifting.

If you think this all sounds too miraculous, you’re not alone. According to historians, there’s no real evidence that the Egyptians built the pyramids at all. Doing so would have required a mathematical precision that’s unattainable with just ropes and wooden tools…

What’s more, historians feel that such a feat of innovation would be nearly impossible to achieve even with today’s technology. Scientists have tried to recreate smaller-scale pyramids, but they just can’t nail the precision of the ancient Egyptians.