Comparison between the Great Wall and Egyptian Pyramids

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The "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" refers to remarkable constructions during classical era. Through the ages, there have been numerous versions of the original list of the "Seven Wonders"; however, only one of these miraculous buildings has remained intact-the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, which is also the oldest of the ancient wonders. On the west bank of the Nile River, there are three pyramid erected on a rocky plateau in Giza in the northern part of Egypt. These pyramids were named after these kings-Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure-agree with the kings' names, and one of the most famous pyramids is the pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid, because it is the largest of the three. The Great Pyramid was built for Khufu, …show more content…
It was the Ming Emperors, who restored the buildings of the Wall after ending the conflicts with invaders. During the Ming Dynasty, the wall was reconstructed, repaired and rebuilt, and new sections were also added. "Many dynasties reigned over China during this almost 2000 year project," and the final major renovations were done during the Ming Dynasty (par.3). The time needed to complete the Great Wall is much longer than that used to build the pyramids.

Furthermore, it was much more difficult to construct the Wall in terms of the environment and the manpower. Before building the Great Pyramid, the pharaoh Khufu selected the site prudently in order to choose the most suitable location, and there were five basic requirements for the location. First, the site should be constructed in the sunset region and higher than the Nile's flood plain to be safe; considering the convenience of transporting materials, the site should also be located on the bank of Nile close to Memphis which was the Egyptian capital. Finally, the site should be located on the solid bedrock and in a plain in order to build suitable levels of foundations of the construction (Jackson and Stamp 23). Khufu chose Giza as the site of construction, because it occupied a plateau overlooking the Nile River, and there were plenty of raw materials, such as limestone was accessible (Smith 108). According to Craig B. Smith, the exact nature of the workforce it took to build the pyramid is unknown.

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