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8 unbelievably advanced ancient man-made structures that still astonish us

While it may seem that the scope of modern construction with its 'pillars' of concrete and glass has taken the progressive path, the vast ambit of ancient architecture had already traversed the advanced route by the sheer design prowess of some incredible buildings and structures (a few of which were even built more than 5,000…


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10 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of Rome’s most popular and prized historic sites. Set within the Vatican City and Museums, it welcomes around 25,000 visitors a day. The world-famous ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo are of course the main attraction, forming masterpieces of astonishing beauty and magnificence. Despite cameras being banned in the chapel, the visit…


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6 amazing things about the Great Pyramid of Giza that still perplex us

The Great Pyramid of Giza from Ancient Egypt has always demanded awe and recognition from us ordinary mortals, and rightly so. The incredible architectural specimen was built in around 2560 BC, and held the record for the world's tallest structure for a whopping 3,800 years with its then-impressive height of 481 ft (146.5 m). But…


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8 things you probably didn’t know about the Colosseum

Unlike other ancient theaters, the oval-shaped, freestanding amphitheater was a Roman invention. And, as the jewel in the crown of such imposing Roman-made architectural specimens, the Colosseum holds its head high with the towering elliptical tiers that rise to 180 ft (55 m) from the heart of the city. From those very seats, the 'bloodthirsty'…


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8 incredible facts about St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica (or San Pietro in Vaticano in Italian) is probably the most famous architectural specimen from the Renaissance period. The grandiosely designed church (which still remains one of the largest in the world) was built on the burial site of the namesake St. Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus,…


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6 amazing things you may not have known about the Taj Mahal

Superlatives, hyperboles, and romanticism - these three literary vehicles are pretty common when describing the one-and-only Taj Mahal. And, after personally witnessing the monument at hand, we for one would vouch for many of the effusive uttering that come along with the grand architectural specimen. However, this article is not about the peerless and poetic…


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6 curious aspects of the Stonehenge that still baffle us

Stonehenge and enigma go hand in hand. And perhaps a host of hypotheses over the years have rather accentuated the level of mysticism that has shrouded the 'rough-hewn giants'. However, beyond absurdity, sensationalism and 'alien interventions', the Stonehenge is still a remarkable monument in its own right. So, let us check out how these impeccably…


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6 interesting aspects of El Escorial that makes it unique among European palaces

The well informed modern-day globetrotter can 'trot' his/her way around a fair share of fascinating historical monuments, ranging from the mountain nestled Machu Picchu, the grandly paradisiacal Versailles to the sublimely symmetrical Taj Mahal. But this 'eighth wonder' in the heartland of Spain has baffled and inspired architects, travelers and aficionados alike for over four…


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8 remarkable things you might not know about the Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock (Qubbat As-Sakhrah) is among the world's select few monuments that epitomizes political, religious and even architectural paradoxes. It is rightly considered as a very important Islamic shrine (not a mosque), and also believed to be among the oldest Islamic architectural specimens. However, the significance of the site on which it…


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8 fascinating facts about the Parthenon, the ‘cultural icon’ from Ancient Greece

Dedicated to goddess Athena Parthenos - the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage and warfare; the imposing Parthenon in every sense is the symbolic manifestation of the apical power of Athens. A huge constructional undertaking by any standard, the grandiose temple was roughly completed in 438 BC. And after more than 2,450 years, the imposing monument…


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