"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness."
Nothing can describe the ancient structures more beautifully than these words. Today, we gasp at the suspension bridges and skyscrapers, but when we find ourselves standing in front of an ancient structure, then we simply freeze in awe.
These enormous structures are not just about the skill and technology of the bygone era. They also carry the crucial information on culture and heritage. They carry the evidence of brilliance of a time that still invokes the sense of mystery in us. So, let's take an amazing ride with these popular structures of the ancient world.
This structure that covers around 4,000 miles was commissioned by Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. It was created in 3rd century BC to restrict the barbarian from entering China. The original barrier was built using wood, earth, brick, and stone. Initially, the wall was not meant to stand for years. However, with the building push of the Ming dynasty in the 1300s, this structure claimed its place as a wonder in the modern world.
This is one of the most amazing and mysterious structures around the globe. The structure is a circular arrangement of huge stones. It is estimated that the stones have an average weight of 25 tonnes. There are many speculations regarding the purpose of this structure, and one of them is that it was an ancient burial ground.
This collection of 6 different temples in Malta is one of the most complex architectures of the ancient world. Besides, it is also known for its originality and use of the advanced technical skill. The fascinating fact is that each of the temples is different from the other in terms of construction and articulation. For the interiors, softer limestone is used while the outer part showcased hard coral-line limestone.
Imagine an open-air theater that can hold 20,000 spectators. Seems possible? Now, think that it was inaugurated in 12 BC. Amazing is the word that certainly comes to mind. Isn't it? It is a semicircular structure that has an intricate interior design. Other than 3 levels of seating, it also has an open-air backdrop behind the main stage. This is one of the star-studded architecture of the past.
These structures still draw awe from the spellbound viewers. The powerful buildings from the old kingdom still stand as a wonder in the modern world. Build with millions of stone blocks; the pyramids are presently one among the most famous tourist spots.
This massive stone amphitheatre was commissioned around A.D. 70-72 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty. It was constructed as a gift to the Roman people and still stands as the evidence of grandeur of that period. This is a freestanding stadium that was open for 50,000 visitors and equipped with the advanced drainage system in case of a flood. It's not just a structure but an iconic symbol of Roman history and heritage.
Popularly referred to as the symbol of great love, it is one of the seven wonders of the world. Located in India, it showcases the world-class craftsmanship of Turkish, Persian and Mughal architecture. The construction began in 1633 AD and took 17 years to get completed. When constructed, it was decorated with gold and precious stones.
Also known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it is a 186.27 feet tall tower that is one of the wonders that still astonishes the modern spectators. The tower weighs about 14,500 metric tons and has 7 floors. It is said that the construction took 177 years, as it was halted for many years due to war. Though the tower leaned due to the unbalanced soil, that flaw has added on to its beauty.
Borobudur is an extremely famous Buddhist temple that attracts tourists from all over the world. The popularity of temple is due to its architectural beauty. Dated from 8th to 9th century, it is located in Central Java. The temple is built in three tires with a pyramidal base. Besides 72 small stupas, it also contains a status of Lord Buddha in different positions.
This is a historical city in Southern Jordan. Famous for its archaeological value, it is a rock-cut city. The entire city is carved on red-rose sandstone mountain. This is a unique rock-cut architectural structure that carries the evidence of brilliance of the ancient world.
This is an underground city built for 20,000 people in Turkey. It was discovered in 1960 and then reopened for the tourists. Though it is very easy to construct such a city in the modern era but exceptionally tough in the ancient times. Not only intricately designed but it was constructed in such a way that resisted collapse.