On this date October 15, 1993 the 120,000-square-foot casino and hotel opened at 4am. When it opened, the pyramid, which cost $375 million to build, was the tallest building, 365 feet, on the strip and contained 2,526 rooms and a 100,000 square ft. casino. In comparison, the Luxor stands at 365 feet tall where the Great Pyramid of Giza stands at 455 feet tall. The Luxor is located at the south end of the strip at 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. next to the Excalibur near Tropicana Ave.
The hotel was expanded with two additional hotel towers nearing 2,000 rooms in 1998 giving the resort a total of 4,407 rooms. The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42.3 billion candle power. Currently owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
Original Photo by: Mark Wagner (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)