This brief article keeps popping up: "An Albanian with Macedonian origin, Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt, Syria and Arabia in 19th century, had ordered his French engineer Linan to pull down the Cheops Pyramid. . . . According to documents, the then Egypt ruler Muhammad Ali wanted to remove stone blocks from their pyramid in order to build a dam on the Nile River. French engineer Linan along with the then French consul in Cairo, were well aware of the historic value of the pyramid and they told the pasha of Egypt that pyramid's stones are four times bigger than the ones needed for dam construction."
See the above short item for more. The reason that I've repeated it is that I've remembered a very entertaining and much more detailed account of the full story on the American Scientist website, at