This post was created in homage to the amazing architectural achievements of our early ancestors. Ancient Egypt Wonders are just part of what modern man considers to be the Ancient Wonders of the World.

The 7 Ancient Egypt Wonders

Over 3,000 years ago the ancient Egyptians created some of the finest monuments the world has ever seen. The Great Pyramid, the largest stone building on Earth. The Valley of the Kings, underground tombs holding the treasure of the pharaohs. The Ancient Egypt Wonders are still creations to be marvelled at.

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7. The Valley of the Kings

The kings of ancient Egypt were no mere mortals, they were Gods incarnate. And the ancient Egyptians cared more for the burial of their kings than any other nation that has existed.

3,500 years ago they began to build the most revered cemetery on Earth. The Valley of the Kings is the most magnificent burial ground in the world.

Sixty two tombs, cut deep into the rock, overflowing with the treasures of ancient Egypt. Pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great were laid to rest here.

The oldest tomb in the valley belonged to King Tutmos 1st and dates back to the 16th century B.C. Most of the tombs in the valley are unfinished, the work being cut short by the king’s death.

However, the tomb of Seti 1st is virtually complete. It was unearthed by Giovanni Battista Belzoni in 1817 who was fortunate enough to chance upon the longest and deepest of all the tombs.

6. Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple

Built over the hillside from the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is the most impressive monument of western Thebes. Hatshepsut’s futuristic temple is packed with revolutionary features, a fitting memory to one of Egypt’s most innovative pharaohs.

Queen Hapshepsut's Temple
Queen Hapshepsut’s Temple

The eldest daughter of Tutmos I, her young stepson became pharaoh, Tutmos III. Worried that the boy might lose control, she appointed herself co-regent and later King.

Unlike Cleopatra and Nefertiti, little is known about Hatshepsut. She set out to finish what her husband had started, under her control it would take fifteen years to complete the greatest architectural achievement of her dynasty.

5. The Karnak Temple Complex

When Thebes became the religious centre of Egypt, the Karnak temple became the seat of Amun, the state God. Karnak was soon home to over 600 priests.

Karnak Temple Complex
Karnak Temple Complex

It’s buildings spread south and west towards the Nile. At the centre, is a hyper-style hall with a forest of columns, some of which reach 70ft high.

It also contains Hatshepsut’s obelisk which at 96ft is the largest surviving obelisk standing in Egypt.

Weighing 323 tons, it is carved from a single piece of granite from 400 miles away at Aswan. Building on a massive scale never daunted the Kings of Ancient Egypt, each one set out to surpass the last.

 

4. The Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel

Built to advertise Ramesses’ ultimate power, the Temple at Abu Simbel would be the finest rock-cut temple in the world. Gangs of masons were set to work on the facade to transform a cliff-face into two enormous statues of the pharaoh.

Temple of Ramesses
Temple of Ramesses

Carved out of the living rock they would be 69ft high. It is thought that the location was chosen partly for the suitability of the rock face and also because it was close to the Nile and would be seen, from miles away, by anyone entering Egypt from the south.

 

3. Mount Sinai

Some wonders are not man-made, they are natural shrines and spiritual landmarks. At 7,000ft Mount Sinai, or Gebel Moosa, is the highest mountain in southern Sinai and one of the most spiritual places on Earth.

St. Catherine's Monastery
St. Catherine’s Monastery

According to biblical accounts, it was here that Moses, amidst a violent storm, scrambled to the top of the mountain where, it is said, the heavens opened and God gave Moses the 10 commandments written on 2 stone tablets.

To mark the site where Moses received the commandments, a Greek Orthodox monastery was built over 1500 years later and dedicated to the Christian martyr St. Catherine.

The monastery is the oldest on Earth, and has been the centre for pilgrimages for over 15 centuries. It is also one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. Since Moses’ time the monks have carved 4,000 steps of repentance up the mountainside allowing pilgrims a path to the top.

2. The Sphinx Ancient Egypt Wonders

The largest free-standing stone sculpture in the world. An enigma and very mysterious as no-one is certain who it depicts, or who made it.

This half human, half animal is a strange depiction. The Sphinx is the strangest icon on the planet. At 60m long and 20m high, it guards on the Giza plateau beside Egypt’s two largest pyramids.

The Sphinx held mystical powers. Powers that could be the key to life.

Pharaohs have worshipped at it’s feet, conquerors have knelt down before it. The Sphinx remains an enigma despite extensive tests.

Why was it built, why are there tunnels inside it, which king does it represent, what power does the Sphinx hold? The idea of fusing animal with human was nothing new in Egyptian Art. But, this was the first creation of human and lion.

While this art style was not new. It could only be to portray only one person; the Pharaoh himself.

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza

It is the oldest wonder of the world and has been standing for 4,500 years. This has to be the greatest tomb ever to built. And remains the largest stone building on Earth.

The Great Pyramid Ancient Egypt Wonders
The Great Pyramid

Pharaoh Khufu ordered the construction in 2,450 B.C. And from that time to this, the great pyramid has remained an icon of world architecture.

Khufu set out to create a pyramid that was perfect. Perfect alignment with the compass, implies great technological abilities.

And covers an area of 13 acres and is level to within one inch. Constructed from 2,300,00 stone block some of which weigh 5 tons. The Great Pyramid took 22 years to complete.

Ancient Wonders of the World

The Ancient Egypt Wonders of the world are perhaps the ones we wonder at the most but, there are modern wonders of the world which deserve equal amazement. The ancient wonders fascinate us more, as it is difficult to comprehend the technological achievement of a people we can only try to imagine. – Ancient Wonders of an ancient people.

Not ancient history and certainly not one of the Wonders of the World. But, the story of Ethel MacDonald is modern history which will fascinate the history buff.

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