The Largest Hewn stones in the world.
--Extracts from Lamartine
's ‘"Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
"’ in 1832 and 1833.
Vol. 2. Philadelphia
Page 94.--‘"It is certain that some of the stones at Balbec
, which are sixty-two feet long, twenty broad and fifteen thick, are the most prodigious masses which have ever been moved by human power.
The largest stones in the pyramids of Egypt
do not exceed eighteen feet."’
Page 99.--‘"At length we reached the first blocks of marble, which had been cast by earthquakes to the distance of more than a mile from the monuments."’
‘"One of these Balbec blocks measured sixty-two feet in length, twenty-four in breadth, and sixteen in thickness."’
‘"It would require the united strength of sixty thousand men of our time to raise this single stone.
But the quarries of Balbec contain others of still greater dimensions, standing twenty-five to thirty feet above the ground."’