By Christopher E. M. Pearson
Because the legendary Tower of Babel, people have consistently attempted to erect monuments to check their outsized egos. With old ziggurats, the Taj Mahal or the Empire country development, guy has for hundreds of years tested his strength by means of elevating buildings for reasons either non secular and profane. As overseas cultural statements with out phrases, symbols of a peoples values devotion, patriotism, energy symbols of a civilisationÊs grandeur, those monuments nonetheless fascinate and allure an ever-growing public who's captivated via the createvity and ingenuity of those architects and stonemasons. Their ancient message is going some distance past mere paintings heritage, for they let us know of the lives and evolution of the peoples of the prior, as does the Parthenon in Athens, repeatedly destroyed, rebuilt, reused, attacked, pillaged, and restored once more at the present time. This paintings, that includes one thousand monuments selected from world wide, retraces human background, the thoughts, types, and philosophies worthy for the development of such a lot of splendours over the centuries, offering a landscape of the main celebrated monuments whereas evoking the fervour in their makers. The reader can discover the altering values of humanity during the edifices it has outfitted and comprehend those constructions as triumphs of humankind
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Citadel of Aleppo, Aleppo, 1230 (Syria) 43. Great Mosque, Djenné, 13th century (rebuilt in 1907) (Mali) Djenné, which was converted to Islam in 1240, was a major city in the Mali and Songhai Empires. Built on the site of an earlier palace, this huge religious complex eloquently reflects the incursion of Islam into West Africa. The mosque is constructed largely of bricks of sun-dried mud coated with mud plaster, and as such is the largest adobe building in the world. The rounded appearance of its envelope reminds many people of a giant sand castle.
Norman Foster and Buro Happold, Al Faisaliyah Tower, Riyadh, 2000 (Saudi Arabia) 79 79. Ellerbe Becket, Omrania & Associates, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, 2000 (Saudi Arabia) 80 80. Carlos Ott, National Bank of Dubai, Dubai, 1996-1998 (United Arab Emirates) 81 81. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubaï or Dubaï Tower, 2004-2010. Height: 828 m. Dubaï (United Arab Emirates) The tallest building on earth even before it was completed, the Burj Dubai skyscraper was designed by Adrian Smith, who worked with the American architectural firm SOM until 2006.
The Church of St. George, Lalibela, c. 1250 (Ethiopia) 51. Great Mosque of Divrigi, Divrigi, c. 1299 (Turkey) 52 53 52. Sultan Qala’un funerary complex, Cairo, c. 1285 (Egypt) 48 53. Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, Cairo, 1356-1363 (Egypt) — Africa and the Middle East — 54 54. Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, 1459 and later (Turkey) This immense palace, which served as the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853, is set on a prominent point overlooking the Golden Horn. Built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium, it was begun shortly after the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II.
1000 Monuments of Genius by Christopher E. M. Pearson