Corridor Discovered in Great Pyramid "Could Be Protecting The Actual Burial Chamber"

As part of a seven-year multinational study initiative, researchers have found a secret passage inside Egypt's Great Pyramid, the authorities revealed on Thursday.

The tunnel is more than 2 meters wide and 9 meters long (30 feet), according to a release from the antiquities ministry.

The "gabled hallway" with a triangular roof was "found on the northern face of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu," Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Minister Ahmed Issa told media at the historic site in Giza, also known as the Khufu, or Cheops, pyramid.

The finding was made as a result of the ScanPyramids initiative, which was started in 2015 as a partnership between a group of Egyptian experts and prominent universities in France, Germany, Canada, and Japan.

The group in charge of the project, which employs cutting-edge technology to visualize secret portions of the pyramid's interior without having to excavate it, is led by archaeologist Zahi Hawass, a former antiquities minister of Egypt.

Infrared thermography, muon radiography imaging, and 3D modeling are all combined in this technology, which the experts claim is non-invasive and non-destructive.

With a height of 146 meters, the Great Pyramid is the tallest building in Giza and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still intact.

It was constructed about 4,500 years ago, has three known levels, and like other Egyptian pyramids, was meant to be a pharaoh's mausoleum.

On Thursday, Hawass informed media at the pyramid that "There is a strong likelihood that the passageway is defending something. In my view, it is safeguarding the real burial chamber of King Khufu".

The first significant building discovered inside the Great Pyramid since the 19th century was a passenger plane-sized cavity, which was located in 2017, according to ScanPyramids.