3 Buildings that changed the course of history
Sometimes the simpler things are the most useful. Who would’ve thought that simple bricks could create such spectacular objects? As incredible as it seems, these three historic monuments are all made with bricks.
Rome Coliseum, Italy
More than 55 thousand people can fit in this stone titan. Even after being ignored and unmaintained for centuries, the coliseum is still standing, welcoming millions of tourists each year. No doubt the most impressive element are the 80 arcs on its exterior which are in themselves an architectural feat. Built on 80 A.C., over 2000 years ago, it was host to many battles. It was in the walkways of this monument that the phrase “bread and games” was coined.
The Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.
These are the oldest example of a building made of bricks. No one knows exactly how the 138 pyramids found all over the country were made. It is estimated that 100,000 workers took part in building each one. Their main function was to keep the bodies of pharaohs, queens and other members of the nobility. The pyramid of Giza is the most well-known among all of them, it is the biggest wonder of the modern world. There are 2.3 million limestone bricks in it.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The name of this building means “Place of the crown” and no doubt it is. It is one of the seven wonders of the world and it took 22 years to finish. This funerary monument was built in honor of Mumtaz Mahal, whose body lies in the mausoleum. Its architecture combines Islamic, Persian, Indian and Turkish styles. It is made of white marble blocks; it occupies 17 hectares and has 8 chambers which represent the 8 division of the Quran.
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