Egyptian Architecture

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Egyptian Architecture

Egyptian Architecture

The egyptians built pyramids and temples out of stone. A pyramid symbolizes humanity's universal strive to reach the heavens. Temples were also built to honor the dead. Most of these structures were decorated with paintings, hieroglyphics, and statues.

During the Old Kingdom, tombs were built to bury family members of the monarch and courtiers. The first royal tombs were called mastabas. Palaces were built to house pharaohs and their entourage. Lakes and gardens could also be added to the palaces for their own luxury.

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The Pyramids of Giza were built by three pharaohs known as Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinus. The largest of the pyramids was the Pyramid of Cheops. The Great Pyramid of Cheops was estimated to have 2.5 million limestone blocks and stood 481 feet tall. In the pyramids, a pharaoh's burial chamber would be built near the center of the pyramid.

The Sphinx was carved from natural rock into a lion with a human head. It is also the oldest structure from the Old Kingdom. The Sphinx may have been known as the "Horus of the Horizon" and "Horus of the Necropolis" in the eighteenth dynasty. Sphinxes could be represented with a different body or face, according to the dieties.



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