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- The power of gods and other supernatural ideas were a large part of Ancient Egyptians daily lives. The Egyptians have five main structures that we are familiar with today. They are: Pyramids, tombs, temples, statues and monuments.
  • Pyramids:
  • This is definitely the most famous structure in all Egyptian history. It is on the worlds best architectural achievements, even though the pyramids were created many centuries ago.
  • They can be as high as 482 feet (147 m).
  • Pyramids are so popular that they top many famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty.
  • The very first pyramid was created at saqqara for king Zoser. The style was a step pyramid, which was the first style for pyramids. However, they later built smooth sided ones, like the Great Pyramid at Giza, built for king Khufu around 4,500 years ago.
  • Once the stonemasons chiseled blocks of granite and placed them correctly on a slope, workers placed hieroglyphics (http://www.greatscott.com/hiero/hiero_over.html) and statues all over the pyramid.
  • Columns contained bright and vibrant colours.
  • One or two large boats were buried near the tomb so the king could have a peaceful sail over to the Next World. external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQFrm8QXa-696oJbB7VgVEQHs1JSjnbNfgZwODQ-HDJiOGvXHduYgexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQlijDXzMZsc2r1BL0Q1ivv7oYJdSv9BKL1koDBm7kYHaK9t2KLagexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSdbHdDyLeq1njyTlVb1wfRM7M2U89ZNShShQVbT7DujcK1B-kW
  • Tombs:
  • They were used to bury kings before pyramids started to be built.
  • Tombs were created with two different areas: the chapel and crypt.
  • A symbol of a false door was made on the walls of the funerary chapel, because it connected the living with the dead.
  • At the back of the tomb, a burial shaft under ground led to the actual crypt.
  • It had a sorts of snares, booby traps and false galleries, although the storerooms and chapel were only reachable for the deceased family, friends and prists who continued to come for rituals.
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  • Temples:
  • All over Egypt, you may see large brown columns made of granite with hieroglyphics on them.
    A Temple
    A Temple

  • These columns have different designs on the tops that all are based on things in Egypt.
  • Some examples are: the lotus flower, papyrus, palm, eight-sided column, and a proto-Dorix or sixteen-sided column.
  • The columns in the temples were obviously used for support, however, there are columns left just on their own.
  • This is because, the temple which it was holding up was either fallen down, torn down or destroyed from vandalism.

  • Statues and Monuments:
  • Stone figures are found all over Egypt and they can look like a tiger, a king, and eagle, or maybe even a mixture of both.
  • The most well-know stone figure of them all is the Sphinx.
  • It is a figure of a kings head who is wearing the striped headcloth (nemes) and he has the body of a lion.
  • Unfortunetly, many of these figures have been destroyed so much the past few centuries that they are unrecognizable.
  • Pollution has proved to destroy these precious figures by staining or breaking down them.
A stone figure in the shape of a cat.
A stone figure in the shape of a cat.

Part of a torn down temple
Part of a torn down temple

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By Jess Jones