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How tall is the tallest pyramid?

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The tallest pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, which stands 481.4 feet high. It was taller in antiquity, before weathering and human damage took their toll.

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Until around 1300, when Lincoln Cathedral was built in England, the Great Pyramid of Khufu was the tallest man-made structure in the world. It is the main pyramid in the Giza Pyramid Complex, which also includes the two major pyramids, Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the Queens' Pyramids – three small pyramids and the ruins of a fourth.

Because the pyramids clearly marked the location of valuable goods stored inside their tombs, they were all robbed in antiquity. Not until the pharaohs began to be buried in smaller underground complexes in the Valley of the Kings did Egypt get a handle on tomb robbery.

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