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Brick Pyramids at Dashour.
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Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.. Brick Pyramids at Dashour.. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/50.

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Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.. (1870). Brick Pyramids at Dashour.. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/50

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Title Brick Pyramids at Dashour.
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  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880.
Publisher London: Printed by Jas. Truscott and Son, Suffolk Lane, City.
Date 1870
Description Sinai and Jerusalem; or, Scenes from Bible Lands: Illustrated by Twelve Colored Photographic Views, Including a Panorama of Jerusalem, With Descriptive Letterpress.
Caption BRICK PYRAMIDS AT DASHOUR,I REMEMBER well how eagerly I watched, on approaching Cairo, to catch my first view of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the accounts of which had so often filled me with wonder and amazement. At last I saw them, glowing in the setting sun, and looking huge and gigantic, in spite of a distance of many miles. The Pyramids are not only the largest, but also the most ancient, monuments in the world; and as one looks upon them, one's thoughts are solemnised by the remembrance that, as they appear to you, such also they seemed to Moses, to Joseph, perhaps to Abraham. None of the Pyramids are quite perfect, most of them having been, more or less, robbed of their stones to build houses and tombs elsewhere; but it has been calculated that the largest of them all must have been more than 480 feet high, and that its base must have occupied an area of thirteen acres—a space as large as Lincoln's Inn Eields. It is always difficult to realise the size of a building when the number of feet only is given; but most of us will be able to form some idea of the vast size of this Pyramid, when we know that it was eighty feet higher than the top of the cross of St. Paul's Cathedral. It is not, however, till you are close under the Great Pyramid, and look up at the huge blocks rising above you into the sky, that, as Dean Stanley says, " the consciousness is forced upon you that this is the nearest approach to a mountain that the art of man has produced." The granite blocks, which furnished the outside of one of these huge buildings, and the inside of another, must have been brought all the way from the quarries at the first cataract, near the Island of Philce, a distance of more than 600 miles. The carriage of these alone must have been a most difficult task: yet, how much more the building of them up, and the raising of them to so enormous a height. Even in our own time, with all
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Palestine -- Description and travel.
  • Sinai Peninsula -- Description and travel.
  • Jerusalem -- Description and travel.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
  • Jerusalem
Language English
Physical Description 52 p., ill., XII col. plates (1 fold.), 28 cm; Purple cloth stamped in black, gold, red and green. Bevelled edges. Edges gilt.
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Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b3601783~S11
Digital Collection Scenes from the Middle East
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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