Building is one of the most ancient of the arts: the Scriptures inform us of its existence at a very early period. Cain, the son of Adam, " builded a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch;" but of the peculiar style or manner of building we are not informed. It is presumed that it was not remarkable for beauty, but that utility and perhaps stability were its characteristics. Soon after the deluge - that memorable event, which removed from existence all traces of the works of man - the Tower of Babel was commenced. This was a work of such magnitude that the gathering of the materials, according to some writers, occupied three years; the period from its commencement until the work was abandoned was twenty-two years; and the bricks were like blocks of stone, being twenty feet long, fifteen broad, and seven thick. Learned men have given it as their opinion that the tower in the temple of Belus at Babylon was the same as that which in the Scriptures is called the Tower of Babel. The tower of the temple of Belus was square at its base, each side measuring one furlong, and consequently half a mile in circumference. Its form was that of a pyramid, and its height was 660 feet. It had a winding passage on the outside from the base to the summit, which was wide enough for two carriages.