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This week, we’ll go back to ancient times and see 7 magnificent and historic sites ranging from the Parthenon in Greece to the Luxor Temple in Egypt.
The Parthenon is a temple on the hill of the Acropolis at Athens. The temple fills the entire hill. It dates back to the mid-5th century BCE when it was built. They dedicated the Parthenon to the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos (which translates to Athena the Virgin). Many view the structure as the culmination of the Doric order’s development. The Doric order is the simplest of the three Classical Greek architectural orders.
In 1687, an ammo dump blew up during the Great Turkish War, damaging the temple’s inside framework, though much of the design remains. The GIF below exposes the structure in its complete Greek majesty.
Nohoch Mul Pyramid
Known for being one of the most significant and popular Mayan sites, Nohoch Mul sits on the Yucatan Peninsula. The pyramid highlights the Coba archaeological site. Coba means "water stirred (or ruffled) by the wind." When the Spanish vanquishers came in 1550, many believe that the Mayans deserted the site.
Temple of Jupiter
The Temple of Jupiter is the largest Roman temple in the world. It is situated in modern Lebanon at the Baalbek complex in Heliopolis Syriaca. The temple was dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus and served as an oracle. Committed to the god of the sky, this structure was magnificent. We imagine that magnificence in the image below.
Hadrian's Wall, Milecastle 39
Hadrian’s wall began being built in AD 122 during emperor Hadrian’s reign. It served as a defensive fortification in Britannia, a Roman province and was made with a stone base and a stonewall. It featured mile castles and had two turrets in between. About every five Roman miles, there was a fort. It may have looked like the photo below.
Amenhotep III built the Luxor Temple in 1380 BC and Tutankhamun completed the temple (1336-27 BC). Still in use today, the temple has served as a place of worship since its founding. Situated close to the Nile, it sits parallel to the riverbank. As far as stone architecture goes, it’s one of the most monumental, with many unique features that make it special.
The Pyramid of the Sun
The ancient city of Teotihuacán, Mexico, is the home of the Pyramid of the Sun, a large pyramid built around 100 CE. In the Western Hemisphere, it is one of the largest structures of its type, rising 216 feet (66 meters) above ground level, with a base of approximately 720 by 760 feet (220 by 230 meters).
Area Sacra di Largo Argentina
The Area Sacra is where you’ll find the ruins of four of the oldest temples in Rome. These temples were built in the third century B.C., near the Theatre and Curia of Pompey. The site is significant because it is the place where Julius Caesar was murdered.
A unique fact about the area is that hundreds of cats now dominate the buildings’ ruins.
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