Ashwell Boyd Intro to Art Compare and Contrast Essay The Great Pyramid of Giza and The Great Stupa of Sanchi are two beautiful monumental structures that hold great significance in their place of origin, but there are many differences in the two. First of all The Pyramid of Giza is located in Egypt, in a place they call Giza Necropolis. The features of the Great Pyramid of Giza are so large they are visible even from the Moon; along with being so large it is the oldest and largest one of the three pyramids in Giza Necropolis.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for a period of over 3,800 years. It is believed that moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place built the Great Pyramid of Giza. The temperature inside The Great Pyramid remains constant at 68 degrees F, the same as earth’s internal temperature. The Great Pyramid is one of the most comprehensively studied buildings in the world.
Though the chemical composition of the mortar used to build the Great Pyramid of Giza is known, it could not be re-produced using the present techniques. These many facts show the pure greatness and artistic beauty in which the pyramid was built with. The Great Stupa of Sanchi however is equally amazing in its vast beauty. Sanchi Stupa is located in Sanchi that falls in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Stupa is a dome shaped mound, surrounded by a circumferential pathway. The Stupa contains several chambers, which contains the relics of Buddha.
Emperor Ashoka commissioned the original structure of the Stupa. The Stupa was once a reliquary mound, however, the stupa has now become a purely symbolic monument. The Stupa is 120 feet across, excluding the railing and umbrella it is also 54 feet tall. The first reconstruction of the Stupa, which took place after the initial establishment, included a stone casing, a terrace with a double flight of steps, balustrades, a paved processional path and an umbrella and railing, all made of sandstone.
The crown of the Ashoka Pillar located here is famous for its four lions, which stand back to back. Stupa of Sanchi is truly a magnificent structure with a very architectural structure. The two are very unique in there age and artistic structure while one could say they like on or the other better both show the artistic ability and the masterful craftsmanship of our Ancient Ancestors.