The Pharaohs: Master Builders

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Terrail, 2007 - Architecture - 255 pages
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For three millennia, the Valley of the Nile, from the Delta to Nubia, was an immense construction site under the direction of the pharaohs' master-builders. The pyramids at Giza, the temples of Luxor, Karnak, and Philae, and the tombs of the Valley of Kings - all these edifices are endowed with a mysterious, religious quality that has survived through the ages. In this text, illustrated with photographs, the legacy of the ancient Egyptian Kings is chartered; the author draws on historical fact to reveal the spiritual aspects of a unique architecture and building technique. Through descriptions of the buildings, frescos, statues, reliefs, hieroglyphs, and paintings, readers will discover how a civilization and its kings developed a faith and cult whose predominance was omnipresent, and how and why Egyptian art continued to flourish over a period of 3000 years and produce some of the greatest masterpieces of humanity.

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Henri Stierlin is a renowned architectural historian and author with a special interest in Islamic culture. His many previous books include" Islamic Art and Architecture "(978-0-500-51100-8).

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