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28 Lions had long existed in the region. qxd 28-07-2005 18:48 Pagina 7 The art of covering space 39 But that is not all. Outside the citadel lies the Treasury of Atreus, which has one of the most beautiful vaults of the ancient world. Here the mineral kingdom is treated with great tact: the stones support each other both horizontally and vertically. Roger Caillois would have seen it as a kind of mineral phalanstery 29. How astonishing it is that such an ancient culture has been able to solve, within such art, three fundamental problems in architecture.

It enables sound waves to reverberate with an increase in loudness, producing a most impressive acoustic effect. Just before I entered the Chamber for the first time, there was a minor accident that fused the electrical lighting, leaving the interior of the Great Pyramid in total darkness. When the electricity came back on I walked into the Chamber and was amazed to find a single Muslim humbly prostrated in a corner. Astonishing amplification. The atmosphere was dank, the air warm, as if exhaled by some enormous creature: I worked my way to the centre of the chamber and made a low hum; the walls and the ceiling seemed to gather together and expand the sound waves and then send them back to me; I felt a tingling in my legs.

At the time of Cheops, when the stone roof-beams had been newly cut and polished with a perfect finish, the energy of the reflected sound would have been much more powerful. 17 18 The proportion of length to height is close to the golden section. The Sign and the Seal ; a Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant. qxd 28-07-2005 17:39 Pagina 3 The song of stones 9 Are the stones trying to tell us about the tragedy that occurred as the construction of the Great Pyramid neared completion, when all the massive stone beams that roofed the chamber and the compartments above suddenly ruptured with a terrifying crash?

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