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Old April 10th, 2010, 05:28 PM   #21
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Old April 10th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #22
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I don't really count ancient ruins as architecture for many of these.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #23
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As I said that is Heracles, laying naked on the skin of the Nemean lion that he killed in his 12 labours, holding a bowl, under the shadow of an Olive tree. His traditional wood bludgeon and elbow lay near him. Behind him there is a tablet in Old Greek scripture in seven lines which resembles that of Greek temples, on the tablet it is written:

Year 164, month Panemos, Herakles Glorious in Victory Hyakinthos, son of Pantauchos (dedicated) for (ie in honour of) the safety of of Kleomenes, 'viceroy' of the Upper Satrapies.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #24
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The most diverse please gotta be Las Vegas! They have pyramids, skyscrapers, pirate huts, they even have half of Venice's street!
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Old April 10th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #25
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The most diverse please gotta be Las Vegas! They have pyramids, skyscrapers, pirate huts, they even have half of Venice's street!
Las Vegas? I don't know about that - they tend to focus on European-style architecture, for some reason.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 04:52 AM   #26
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Berlin in Europe, hands down!
Nearly no other city changed so much, made so much through, was torn between different cultures and rose up again...
Styles you find clashing right next to each other:
Greek, Roman and Babylonian (reconstructed structures)
Romanic
Gothic
Renaissance
Baroque
Neoclassic
Historism
Jugendstil
Art Deco
Bauhaus
fascist style
communistic style
Stalinist architecture
todays architecture
there are mosques and Chinese gardens...
Ugly is right next to amazingly beautiful, run down and rotten right next to super posh, royal and imperial victory monuments, facing Soviet memorials, bulletholes in hundreds of years old stone, shiny glass facades and perfectly reconstructed baroque palaces!

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Old April 11th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #27
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Chicago has a lot of styles.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:16 PM   #28
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Iran is really diverse. London, Paris, Melbourne or Brussels....... lol
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In Spain as it is between Africa and Europe, there is a lot of diverity too, and several particular styles you can only find in Spain.
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Spain (actually, Iberia)... no doubt.
What a surprise. Spaniards think Spain is the most diverse region
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Old April 11th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #29
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As a city : Istanbul
As region : Anatolia... reuniting european, african, middle-eastern, south, central and north asian influences. When you watch Çatal Höyük site, you immediatelly understand. Anatolia is pretty centered around oldest known established human groups, in balkans, ukraine, caucasus, iran, irak, egypt... it's natural so to find since milleniums influences.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #30
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Spain is the only region of Europe with african and islamic architecture... and European architecture in itself is enought diverse: Spain is a reference in Barroque, Modernism and Modern Architecture.


You are talking about diversity, aren't you?
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Old April 11th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #31
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What a surprise. Spaniards think Spain is the most diverse region
Demagogic post. I talked about Italy, Iran and Spain.
Another examples given here like Berlin doesn't contribute more than most european cities in diversity. Babylonian structures? Yeah, of course, brought from Irak and put into a museum Same with Las Vegas, it's just a tematic park.

Anatolia is yes a diverse region, but islamic art is very homogeneus and there are not several styles in the modern age as european art with renaissance, baroque, manierism, etc.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #32
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We seem to have a confusion here between abundance of "architectural styles" and "ORIGINAL architectural styles". Also between well consolidated-popular styles and incidental examples of exotic architecture.

Considering only original and well-consolidated styles of architecture (and also pondering the quality of the buildings for every style), I go for the Mediterranean-Middle East region in general, but I must recognize that my knowledge about Asian architecture further east than Iran is very limited.
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Spain is the only region of Europe with african and islamic architecture... and European architecture in itself is enought diverse: Spain is a reference in Barroque, Modernism and Modern Architecture.


You are talking about diversity, aren't you?
The Uk has variations on Islamic architecture in alot of buildings (not religious ones), i think you will find alot of European countries are very similar in their architecture which often came in trends and fashions.
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The Uk has variations on Islamic architecture in alot of buildings (not religious ones), i think you will find alot of European countries are very similar in their architecture which often came in trends and fashions.
Historical buildings? In a 20th or 21st century building of course you can find anything.
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I think it is Spain, at least in Europe. In the Americas it would be Mexico.

In my opinion we should consider only historical buildings, otherwise, the largest modern countries would obviously have the most "diverse" architecture. For example we cannot consider a building of Byzantine style from the 19th-20th century as in that category but only the relevant styles of the age in question.
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While i dont want to say Spain isnt the most diverse, just simply saying it has African buildings doesnt make it more diverse than a country such as Greece because it has Classical historic buildings, or the Norway because it has nordic style buildings etc. I think its a very silly thing to say one country is more diveres in architecture, but it easy to say in your experiance which city is more diverse.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #37
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I love those pictures from Algeria. Libya also has quite a range of architecture.

Lebanon as well.
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While i dont want to say Spain isnt the most diverse, just simply saying it has African buildings doesnt make it more diverse than a country such as Greece because it has Classical historic buildings, or the Norway because it has nordic style buildings etc. I think its a very silly thing to say one country is more diveres in architecture, but it easy to say in your experiance which city is more diverse.


Spain has a lot of classic architecture, from Rome.
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Anyway Spain doesn't have a lot of African architecture since most of the influence of islamic architecture isn't originally African. Spain is a very diverse country in matter of architecture because: it has original classic remains, just like the rest of the Mediterranean region and unlike Northern Europe; it has a lot of islamic architecture, which also influenced a lot of later styles, what basically means the introduction of Persian and Byzantine practices at a scale never seen in Europe, at least the Persian ones; in the north of the country (and to a lesser extent, also in the south) medieval "French" styles are just as common as in the rest of western Europe; it's one of the top countries in renaissance and baroque architecture; as something more marginal, but nevertheless interesting, there's a notable presence of Germanic motifs in the pre-romanesque architecture and of native American influence in the southern baroque; and at last, Spain has a lot of local reinterpretations of the different external influences it received, hence it has its own peculiar forms for high gothic ("wide"-Catalan gothic in the crown of Aragon), flamboyant gothic (isabelline gothic in the Crown of Castile), early renaissance (plateresque), mannerism (herrerism, look for these styles in the English wikipedia if you don't know them, they're all there) pre-romanesque (Asturian architecture), lots of different kinds of mixing with Islamic styles (mudejar), and even a very peculiar interpretation of Art-Nouveau with Gaudi and the Catalan modernisme. It's just an example, I don't really pretend to point out that Spain is undoubtly the most diverse country in the whole world in terms of architecture, in fact I don't mean to say it's even clearly more diverse than say Italy or Turkey, but I really think that, as far as the Western hemisphere goes, architecture prior to the first notable globalization (i.e. industrial era, even if the first signs of globalization in architecture happened during baroque), and that just means traditional architecture, is clearly much more diverse in the Mediterranean area and the Middle East than in other places, like the rest of Europe, because the different clashes of civilizations basically happened there.
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Spain is the only region of Europe with african and islamic architecture...
Sicily has them too.

San Giovanni degli Eremiti church, Palermo


Zisa Castle, Palermo as well
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