Egypt closed down the Great Pyramid today over rumors of possible rituals on 11/11/11 at 11:11. Downplaying the rumors, head of Egypt’s antiquities authority claimed that the pyramid will be closed for maintenance purpose only.
Security was tightened across the entire complex, Associated Press news agency said, with dozens of police officers and armed soldiers on patrol.
After 11:11, the director of the pyramids complex, Ali al-Asfar, said nothing unusual had happened.
“Everything is normal,” he told AP.
“The only thing different is the closure of the Khufu pyramid.”
Both he and the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Amin, said the pyramid was closed for maintenance after the large number of visitors during the Eid al-Adha holiday last week.
The two other nearby pyramids and the Sphinx remained open.
The Great Pyramid houses the ancient tomb of the Pharaoh Khufu.