Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Pyramids

The pyramids are fascinating structures, but I never truly appreciated just how fascinating they are until I saw them in person. Of course, I never saw all 138 Egyptian pyramids, but I did see some of the most famous, like the one to the left of the first picture here. It is the largest Egyptian pyramid and is the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing.

Think about it, this pyramid was built over 4500 years ago and is still standing! That begs the question, how could such a sturdy structure be built without the use of the modern machinery we are used to today? Furthermore, how were the amateur slaves forced to build these pyramids. This is a great point. The only logical explanation is slaves couldn't have possibly been used. I didn't really realize that the pyramids had already been built for roughly 1300 years before Moses led his people out of slavery across the Red Sea.

The pyramid on the right here has the most casing still left on it out of all the pointed structures. I marvel at the abilities of the Ancient Egyptians. How could they have possibly built these phenomenal structures in only 20 years without the use of modern machinery? In addition, how in the world were they able to know that the land they built the pyramids on was geologically the strongest? This is only information we were able to find out very recently. Surely it was no coincidence!

If you look hard in the background here you can see the city in the background!

Another famous, but less impressive site. I always thought the Spinx would be bigger!

The Spinx with some pyramids in the background. I had the option of seeing a light show at the Spinx but instead opted to do dinner on a boat restaurant on the Nile river.

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