Building techniques are always improving. But if we cast our eye back a couple of thousand years, we can really marvel at how talented our building ancestors were! Here we’ve found some of the best ancient ruins still standing.
Historians believe Stonehenge was built between 3000BC to 2000BC. These Neolithic DIYers created a masterpiece. The monuments entrance faces the sun on the day of the summer solstice. So some believe was used as a calendar by early astronomers!
Building began at the Coliseum between 73-75AD. The creators used all the latest Roman arts, engineering and architecture techniques of the time. One of which was the use of concrete! Which allowed these Roman Handy Andys to build quickly & efficiently.
3. Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is listed as one of the 7 wonders of the new world. The above is the El Castillo building at the site. It is a 79-foot pyramid of stone!
4. Great Pyramids of Giza
These superb buildings still puzzle many how they were actually built. It is believed they were built in 2560 BC. There is huge debate whether stones were dragged, lifted or rolled into place.
5. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is over 21,000km long! It was built over 2,300 years ago. Soldiers, prisoners and peasants all contributed to building the Great Wall. It was built using brick, wood and clay.
Newgrange was constructed over 5000 years ago. It is estimated over 200,000 tons of materials was used in the creation of the site. And that it took over 30 years to construct!
The city of Pompeii was created between the 6th and 7th century. The city was destroyed in 79AD when a nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Located in Turkey, Cappadocia is famous for its “Fairy Chimney” landscape. This unique landscape and its ruins have been created by volcanic activity and erosion. The soft but firm rock has enabled people to build houses, monasteries and underground cities.
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