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Saturday, May 05, 2007


Stone Buildings Around the World

Stone has always been a very important construction material, from the time people first began to make buildings -- especially big buildings. In England around 5000 years ago people built circles of huge stones. The most famous stone circle is called Stonehenge, shown above.

The huge pyramids of Egypt are also about 5000 years old. The next picture shows one of the pyramids -- the people nearby look like little dots. Nearby is an enormous stone statue called the Sphinx.

The next picture shows a stone wall in Jerusalem, Israel. It was once part of the ancient Jewish Temple, and was built more than 2000 years ago. Like the pyramids, it is made of enormous blocks of stone that were cut and moved into place with great difficulty.

The Maya people of Chichen Itza, Mexico, built many large stone buildings, including pyramids. The next picture shows the dome of a building that was probably used for looking at the stars and planets. It is more than 1000 years old.

Finally, this is a stone building in India that's around 400 years old, named the Taj Mahal. Some people think it is the most beautiful building in the world.

Now I'm finished talking about stone.

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