Mar 21, 2018
Buildings that withstand the harsh environments and testing times become to be not just buildings, but masterpieces. Architectural genius and awe-inspiring structures.
Each historic building holds astounding stories of the past and every architectural design is a window to life before our technology-orientated way of living came around.
It’s a great wonder how they managed to design such intricate architecture without facade engineering, they must’ve at least had a basic concept of it!
Go ahead, take a peek at a few of the oldest buildings in the world and marvel at their astonishing power over the harsh environments of time.
Pyramid of Djoser
We all know of the great pyramids that tower among Egypt’s deserts. One of the very oldest of them all is the pyramid of Djoser, which also holds the crown as the oldest stone-cut structure of Egypt.
Of course, the exact time it was built is a tad hard to determine. However, the brilliance of archaeologists and numerous other specialist’s minds have come to the conclusion that 2700BC was around the time it was built.
They also know that the pyramid was built for Pharaoh Djoser’s burial by his vizier, Imhotep. The vizier was a term used for the highest official that served the Pharaoh. And of course, the Pharaoh was their King.
Minoan Palace of Knossos
One of the oldest buildings in Europe, the Minoan Palace of Knossos is most famous for the myths that surround the great building. One of which is the story of Daedalus and Icarus.
The story goes that Daedalus designed the palace with a labyrinth within the structure that held a Minotaur (half man-half bull) for King Minos. However, Daedalus and his son Icarus were locked away in the palace to prevent them from telling all about the labyrinths layout.
Of course, they managed to get away by fashioning together wings made of wax and feathers (Daedalus’ bright idea). Unfortunately, this came to a gruesome end when Icarus, being the young naive boy that he was, flew too close to the sun.
The wax melted and Icarus plummeted to his death into the deep blue ocean beneath. The end!
Tumulus of Bougon
Also known as the Necropolis of Bougon, the Tumulus is a cluster of underground burrows. Of which were built over a long period of time, which is estimated to be from 4700 - 3500BC.
In the 19th century the Tumulus of Bougon was re-discovered and since then has been open for the public to view.
An interesting, yet creepy fact: In 1840, the first Tumulus was found along with 220 skeletons and grave goods!
Each Tumulus (five) which were found in the western part of France, have unique distinctions and uncover numerous architectural styles. Isn’t that amazing? No single-one is the same, yet they were all built around the same period of time. Curious.
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