Egypt's "antiquities authority" shut down the the largest of the Giza pyramids on Friday upon hearing rumors that groups of Jewish Mason were planning to hold spiritual ceremonies on the site at 11:11 A.M. on Nov. 11, 2011.
According to the AP, the head of authorities, Mustafa Amin, stated "that the pyramid of Khufu, also known as Cheops, would be closed to visitors until Saturday morning for 'necessary maintenance.'" There have however been a series of unconfirmed reports in Egypt's local media that an unidentified groups would try to hold "Jewish" and / or "Masonic" rites at the sites to take advantage of "mysterious powers" coming from the pyramid on this rare date -- a date that occurs every 100 years.
The head of authorities called these rumours "completely lacking in truth" and the director of the complex said that an Egyptian company, last month requested permission to hold an event called "hug the pyramid." The Egyptian authorities declined their request.
Twitter and Facebook users have however been talking about the possibility of the Pyramids being used by Jewish Masons yet according to authorities the Pyramid shutdown was totally unrelated to these rumours.
The complex itself remained open, including 2 other pyramids, a number of tombstones and the Sphinx. Reports on the web are that security at the Pyramids was much greater than usual with dozens of policemen and the army showing an atypical presence.