Sunday, March 21, 2010

An American Pyramid

Pyramid of Memphis, Tennessee

I don’t know how many times I have traveled through Memphis on the interstate, but always noticed to the north side of the Mississippi Bridge the huge pyramid that was built there a number of years ago.
Actually, this huge pyramid was built as an arena and is a representation of the many other pyramids around the world of which I will address later in this article.
The last time I was traveling from Little Rock to Nashville, Tennessee. I noticed on the marquee that there was an exhibition in the arena that was of interest to me. And that I would like to take some time to view it, because I had seen a good part of the remains making this King Tut’s era at the time in the Cairo, Egypt Museum a number of years ago.
Tutankhamun, the boy king, lived during the golden age of the Pharaohs and the excavations explore the people who guided ancient Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The exhibition focused on the 18th Dynasty, a 100-year period when Egypt was at the height of its power and the "golden age" of Egyptian artistry. There was an extensive array of more than a hundred extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites features many of Tutankhamun’s burial objects, including his royal diadem and one of the four gold and precious stone inlaid coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.
The Pyramid Arena in Memphis is a 20,142-seat arena located in downtown at the banks of the Mississippi River and was built in 1991. It is 321 feet (about 32 stories) tall and has base sides of 591 feet; and is the sixth largest pyramid in the world behind the Great Pyramid of Giza (456 ft), Khafre's Pyramid (448 ft), Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas (348 ft), the Red Pyramid (341 ft) and the Bent Pyramid (332 ft), both in Dahshur (Egypt). It is slightly 16 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Following you will find some information concerning some of the other pyramid’s that I have referred to above.
The Luxor Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Ground was broken for the Luxor in 1991; the same year construction began on the Memphis arena. It is a highly modernized and contemporary design which contains a total of 4,407 rooms lining the interior walls of a pyramid style tower. The hotel is named after the city of Luxor in Egypt, and if you ever fly into the Las Vegas airport you will see the beautiful pyramid, and sphinx in front of it. It is a beautiful sight, and I have seen it many times as I have flown through the city.
Red Pyramid was the third pyramid built by Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu, and is located approximately a mile to the north of the Bent Pyramid. It is built at the same shallow 43 degree angle as the upper section of the Bent Pyramid, which gives it a noticeably squat appearance compared to other Egyptian pyramids of comparable scale.
The Bent Pyramid, located at the royal necropolis of Dahshur, approximately 40 miles south of Cairo, of Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu, is a unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt, about 2596 BC. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu.

“And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded”. -- Genesis 47:10-11

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