Building Great Pyramid Today Would Cost $5 Billion

Sunday, February 26, 2012
(photo: Wikipedia)
Even with the advantage of modern technology, replicating the building of Egypt’s great pyramids would prove costly and time-consuming. Back in the days of the pharaohs, it took about 20 years and thousands of slaves to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza (a.k.a. the Pyramid of Khufu). The ancient marvel stands 756 feet long on each side, 481 feet high, and is composed of 2.3 million stones weighing nearly 3 tons each. To reconstruct the pyramid today, using trucks, cranes and helicopters, the project would still require 1,500 to 2,000 workers and cost about $5 billion, according to Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect who has helped create a virtual model of the ancient construction system. And it would take five years to complete.
To give some perspective, the world’s most expensive building currently in use is thought to be the Wynn Las Vegas resort, which cost $2.7 billion to construct.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
To Learn More:
How Much Would It Cost to Build the Great Pyramid Today? (by Natalie Wolchover, Life’s Little Mysteries)
Khufu Reborn (Dassault Systemes)

Khufu Reborn Press Kit (Dassault Systemes) (pdf) 


Keith Payne 10 years ago
thank you for this very interesting post, but i would like to mention one thing.. the archaeological and textual evidence shows that the pyramids were not built with slave labor. the egyptologists have (and still are) excavated the village where the workers lived and have turned up a number of interesting things. by digging through the refuse (archaeologists love ancient garbage!) they have learned that the builders had a high-protein diet that included fish, goats, cattle, and a variety of other food sources that were fairly expensive at that time. there is also evidence that the builders had good medical care, including signed of broken bones having been mended, medicinal herbs stored in large quantities in the builders village, etc. from what we can tell, the builders seem to have been part of a large feudal-style work system where egyptians would dedicate a certain amount of time each year working on large projects like this, and that they were not only well fed and cared for, they seem to have been competitive with each other. graffiti at the work sites show that different work gangs trash talked about each other!

Leave a comment