Remarkable Man-Made Wonders of the World

By Sophia Maddox | January 10, 2024

Egypt's Pyramids Are Timeless Marvels Along the Nile

There are over 100 million buildings in the world, an absolutely staggering number when you try to wrap your head around it. Before settling down and building structures, people were nomadic for thousands of years  - of course this was 1.8 million years ago. Mostly, these buildings were simple structures consisting of four walls and a roof. Over time, people learned better techniques and started creating more elaborate structures, that's what we're checking out today.

From that time to the present, people have constructed many remarkable man-made structures. Some are lavish homes while others have been used as seats of government as well as other purposes. Let's look at some of these remarkable man-made structures.

 

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Archeologists have found more than 115 Egyptian pyramids. They believe workers constructed the first of these pyramids about 2630 BC. Many of the stones used to build the pyramids came from local bedrock. Experts suggest that the sand was wetted so that less friction was created, and the blocks were pulled to the site on wooden sleds. Some pyramids contain materials that workers transported on the Nile. Historians believe the people thought the pharaohs would use the pyramid shape as a staircase to get direct access to heaven.

Many pyramids look like a pile of rubble, but some are considered more important than others. Of these pyramids, the tallest, besides the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the pyramid of Khafre, standing 448 feet tall. Workers constructed it about 2500 BC. They may have used stones removed while building this pyramid to create the body of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Giza's Iconic Great Sphinx Continues to Mesmerize

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Workers cut the original Great Sphinx of Giza from bedrock in about 2542 BC, but other workers have restored this statue on the west bank of the Nile River in Giza, Egypt, with limestone. This statue has the head of a human, with many experts suggesting it represents the head of Pharaoh Khafre, while the statue's body is a mythical creature, like a lion. The Great Sphinx received that name about 25 AD.


Likely, the head of the Great Sphinx of Giza was initially formed by blowing winds hitting the bedrock. Then, workers carved the head. Later, they built a moat around the head and workers used the removed bedrock to construct the statue's body. Evidence suggests that the Great Sphinx of Giza originally had a nose chiseled off before 1737, but no one knows by who or why they would have taken the nose as a souvenir. The statue probably had a beard although it may have been added later. In 1980, a rear passage into the Great Sphinx of Giza was unearthed, suggesting the statue may have originally been intended as a funerary.