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Looking at the massive walls and columns of the Egyptian temples consisting of huge heavy blocks one wonders how it was possible to build them with primitive tools. The answer is here. Instead of the cranes, ancient Egyptians used the ramp - an inclined plane to raise the objects. They made the bricks from the mud from the Nile, then stacked them into a ramp. They added wooden tracks and pulled the massive stone block up on the sledges. They poured the water to lubricate the path. They built the ramp higher and higher till the wall was completed. Then they destroyed the ramp. The first pylon was not finished and the rest of the ramp survived.

Through the first pylon, we come to the big courtyard, There are rams on one side. On the other side is the small temple of Ramses III. And there is the entrance to the hypostyle hall.


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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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