People are fascinated with ancient Egypt! I am.
The Travel Chanel has prepared a slide show featuring the seven wonders of Egypt. The following descriptions were taken from the slide show:
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids. It is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the World.
2. The Great Sphinx
It is one of the largest single-stone statues on Earth. The Sphinx is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium BC.
3. The Temple of Luxor
The Temple of Luxor was the center of the Festival of Opet, the most important festival in Luxor (Thebes). Dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun-Re, his wife Mut, and his son Khonsu, the temple's purpose was to host the rituals of the festival.
Founded in 648 AD, it has a metropolitan area population of 15.75 million people and it's the most populous metropolitan area in Africa.
5. Abu Simbel
The two massive rock temples were orginally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC druing the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The monument to Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari, commemorates his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh.
Imhotep for King Djoser designed the world's oldest standing step pyramid. Saqqara is a vast ancient burial ground in Egypt with the earliest burials traced back to the First Dynasty.
7. The Temple of Karnak
The Temple of Karnak is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is the second most visited historical site in Egypt - second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo.
The pictures are beautiful. Take your time and enjoy the slide show featuring the seven wonders of Egypt.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tag: Archaeology, Egypt