The only surviving one of the Seven Ancient Wonders is the Great Pyramid of Giza, the necropolis of ancient Memphis, and today part of Greater Cairo in Egypt.
When the Memphis in Tennessee was founded in 1819 and incorporated as a city in 1826 it took its name from the old Egyptian capitol.
I guess it was considered appropriate for the Tennessee Memphis to have its own pyramid as a symbol. So they built the 32-story Pyramid Arena in 1991. At that time, it was the home court for the University of Memphis men's basketball program. When the National Basketball Association's Grizzlies moved from Vancouver in 1995, and became the Memphis Grizzlies, they also played here. The Grizzlies moved to the FedEx Forum in 2005,
The pyramid is visible from almost everywhere downtown, and approaching Memphis from the river side
Visit Midtown Memphis. Adjacent to downtown, Midtown is what Memphis is all about. Lots of antique shops and restaurants in the Overton square area, and grand old southern Mansions, with beautiful gardens. This is where the all the old Cotton money used to live. Also take a walk across the Auction Avenue Bridge just north of The Pyramid to Harbortown. Walk or Rollerblade along the beautiful paths that front the Mississippi, and explore one of Memphis neatest new housing areas. Have an extra day? Head down to Oxford Mississippi. Oxford is where the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is and was the home of writer William Faulkner. Ole Miss has one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere, it was spared by Grant in the Civil war, while the rest of Oxford was burned. The main Administrative building (called the Lyceum) was a Civil War hospital, and was the site where US Marshalls dug in during a night of rioting in 1962 when the Kennedy Boys forcefully integrated Ole Miss. The columns of the building still bear some bullet nicks. Also tour Rowan Oak (Faulkners house), and walk around the town square. Oxford is 80 miles South of Memphis, and is well worth the trip.
This is the pyramid that they hold their sports in. We didnt get to go but I loved the way it looked. By the way at that moment we were lost and drove by that spot over three times. So on the thrid time I took the picture. Im shooked that my front window was clean enough to see the pyramid. lol
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