Saturday, January 9, 2010

HOW deep is the sand?

You have to wonder what still lies under the sands of Egypt. Luxor Temple lay buried for centuries, covered with sand and silt. Romans built a village there and as the village grew and expanded, the huge complex was all but forgotten. It wasn’t rediscovered until the late 19th century. One of the most interesting pieces that was left (the village was moved when the temple was excavated) was the Abu al-Haggag Mosque. It is strange to see a mosque in the middle of a pharaonic temple but it is a perfect picture to show how things change over the centuries. One of the pictures shows the original mosque entrance – about 24 feet off the ground. The other one shows a better view of the mosque. It is striking in its contrast to the culture and buildings of the temple.

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