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When most people mention Ancient Egypt the first thing that comes to mind is the Pyramids. To construct such monuments required a mastery of art, architecture and social organization that few cultures would ever rival. The pyramids are said to have built Egypt by being the force that knit together the kingdom's economy. Their creations were so substantial, that the sight of these vast pyramids would take your breath away. Today, the valley of the …

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…colossal scale. Instead the religious focus shifted from the pyramid itself toward the mortuary temple that stood just east of it. The funerary culture was growing more sophisticated, even as the pharaoh's unlimited power was beginning to erode. The pyramids will always be a constant reminder of, the vast architecturial accomplishments of Egypt's Old Kingdom. A mystical gateway for a pharaoh's leap to immortality, a pyramid drew resourses from throughout the king's domain and beyond.