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Difference between Queen Nefertiti and Queen Nefertiri?

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From last two three days, I was noticing this question, circulating over Quora. So I decided to shed some light there.
This confusion is only due to resemblance of names. Nefertiti and Nefertari were different individuals that lived approximately 50 years apart.


The Chief Royal Wife of Akhenaten‘s full name was Nefer-neferuaten Nefertiti,  which means Beauty [of] beautiful of Aten, The beautiful one[woman]  [is] come’, lived in the 18th Dynasty sometime between 1394 b.c. and  1340 b.c. .Nefertiti is also known for a famous bust of her head, as show below.


The Chief Royal Wife of Ramses II‘s full name was Nefertari-Meri-Mut which means, The most beautiful of all the land, Beloved of Mut, and  lived sometime between 1292 b.c. and 1225 b.c.. Again these dates will vary.

Nefertari had a temple built for her at Abu Simbel. All four great statues at the entrance of this temple are of Ramses II, while Next to the legs of the colossi, there are other statues no higher than the knees of the pharaoh. These depict queen Nefertari.


Hieroglyph In Temple of Abydos

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For me, this is really a controversial piece of hieroglyph in the temple of Abydos. Some people (who claim that Egyptians had some contact with aliens) believe that this hieroglyph is real and in original form.

The Abydos-Hieroglyph
Some other says that the carving was altered by the successors of Ramses II (may be Merneptah). It was a common practice among Pharaohs of Egypt to destroy the symbols and glory of their forefathers, in order to showcase themselves. Example is Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el Bahri, where statues and wall paintings were destroyed by her own son.

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Who built the great pyramid of Giza?

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The Giza Plateau has three main pyramids. The pyramid of Menkaure, the pyramid of Khafre and the great pyramid of Khufu.

As per the today’s widely accepted assumptions, the pyramid of Menkaure was probably completed in the 26th century BC. Pyramid of Khafre was built during the reign of Khafre who ruled from 2558 to 2532 BC. The great pyramid of Khufu was built during 2580-2560 BC.

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Is Sphinx several millennia older than we think it to be?

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Many Egyptologist (including Dr. Zahi Hawas, former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs) insist that Sphinx was built nearly 4500BC, by the builder of 2nd pyramid of the Giza Plateau .i.e. the pyramid of Chephren (also read as Khafre, Khefren and Chephren).

But other researchers like John A. West and Robert Bauval (who first put forwarded the “Orion correlation theory”) believe that the both pyramids & Sphinx are much much older then Egypt civilization. Here I’m summarizing some extracts from their research paper where they are trying to prove that Sphinx is atleast 10 millennium BC old.

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Ever Lasting Art of Badshahi Masjid Lahore Pakistan

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Few days back, I was on visit to #WalledCity of #Lahore, and I stayed at historical #Badshahi Masjid. The glory of this masterpiece again forced me to take my cam to capture few clicks.

You can find rest of the photos on my Flick album Ever Lasting Art of Badshahi Masjid Lahore Pakistan

Waiting for your comments there (:

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A shift towards Flickr

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So I have finally moved to #Flickr, for all my photography stuff. It was no doubt a long journey with #Picasa but after much consideration I finally vote for Flickr. Leaving Picasa was a sad moment as I always prefer to use #Google products (all solutions in one box) but due to some constraints Picasa wasn’t fitting with my needs.

The main reason was storage capacity. After having Canon EOS 100D as my professional camera, the need of more storage was inevitable. 1 terabyte of Flickr vs 15GB of Picasa is a huge difference, and this thing gave me really a breath of relax. As advertised over Flicker home page,  1 terabyte = 537,731 6.5 megapixel photos, and even if I chose high resolution photos of my cam .i.e. nearly 13 to 14mb per photo, even then there are 218,453 photos with 16.0 megapixel that I can upload over 1TB of free space. Waoooo … incredible.

You can find some of my click at https://www.flickr.com/photos/114820437@N08/sets … though they need to organize a bit more right now.

One interesting things is, I’m still using Picasa desktop tool to organize and edit all of my photos. There isn’t any match of Picasa desktop tool with any other photo organizer+editor. Here Picasa takes the stage.

Don’t you think that editing and organizing them in Picasa and uploading them over Flickr is something injustice with Google!!! ((:

Sometimes, I feel like this.

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Peacock Feathers

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Peacock with wide open feathers
(click for enlarge)

I have to wait for more than fifteen minutes around the cage for this moment;

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