This blog post is submitted as an entry to this week’s photo challenge.
Nothing quite captures geometry as the Pyramids of Giza, just outside of Cairo. According to Egyptologists, the logistics of construction at the Giza site are staggering when you think that the ancient Egyptians had no pulleys, no wheels, and no iron tools. Yet, the dimensions of the pyramid are extremely accurate and the site was leveled within a fraction of an inch over the entire 13.1-acre base. This is comparable to the accuracy possible with modern construction methods and laser leveling, which is quite astounding. With their ‘rudimentary tools,’ the pyramid builders of ancient Egypt were about as accurate as we are today with 20th century technology.
I didn’t have the best of cameras during my trip to Egypt, and so the panoramic view snapshot was limited for me – it was hard to get a shot of all the three pyramids together, unless I was miles away. Which of course, I did, during our camel rides. But I chose this picture because you can see just what a monumental structure this is.
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