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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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The most important architectural monument in the world

What do you think to be the most architectural monument in the world?

I think that is the Great Mosque at Isfahan, you can read in different books on architecture, like these ones: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal by Henri Stierlin and The First Gothic Cathedrals by Titus Burckhardt about the importance and influence of this architectural complex on other great architectural styles.

The project as an Islmaic wonder was strated by al-Mu'tasim around 837 AD, it is said the step by step process of building this mosque was designed by the great Persian mathematician Algorithm (al-Khwarizmi).

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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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The most important and succesful building or architecture, is the most copied and imitated one. Period.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:42 PM   #3
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^Then your answer is a humble straw hut. Imitated nearly everywhere and probably saved more lives than any massive edifice.

But in terms of monumental architecture, I would probably nominate Acropolis, Hagia Sophia and Persepolis though these buildings themselves are on the end of a long evolutionary chain stretching to all corners of the world. Nevertheless, their monumental nature makes them important.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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Anything built by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Youll find their influence in pretty much all corners of the Earth.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:57 PM   #5
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Marathaman I am talking about a building of some architectural value, not a hut
Having said that, since Renaissance it must be the architectural orders of Parthenon and Pantheon that guided most of western world, and now we can see their influence to courts, banks, libraries, parliaments, public buildings and monuments from Argentina and South Africa to Canada and Sweden. Close by is Hagia Sophia, with critically important influence to the Orthodox and later to the Islamic world.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 09:56 PM   #6
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"The most important architectural monument in the world"

I dont think so.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 10:53 PM   #7
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The most important and succesful building or architecture, is the most copied and imitated one. Period.
Simply, this one. Copied from ancient years till today, from column bases till roof elements in thousands of buildings across the world. Ladies and Gentlemen, the symbol of UNESCO, which is synonymous with the western culture: The Parthenon, Athens.

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Old October 31st, 2010, 11:09 PM   #8
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here you go......

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/3611318...n/photostream/

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I can agree with "The Parthenon, Athens" !
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Old October 31st, 2010, 11:27 PM   #10
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Colisseum or Parthenon
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Old October 31st, 2010, 11:46 PM   #11
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defenatly not a mosk that was build long afther the first architectural periods of the acient times... Those styles where even copied during the WWI and WWII period and even today by the Chinese
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Just to mention that Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens were formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments.


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Having said that, since Renaissance it must be the architectural orders of Parthenon and Pantheon that guided most of western world, and now we can see their influence to courts, banks, libraries, parliaments, public buildings and monuments from Argentina and South Africa to Canada and Sweden. Close by is Hagia Sophia, with critically important influence to the Orthodox and later to the Islamic world.
Agreed.
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Why do you start 5 threads a day that all have only one topic:

Some ancient building / structure / city in Iran is the best / most imposing / most important in the whole world.


Is that some kind of overcompensation for the fact that Iran today sucks so much?
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Old November 1st, 2010, 04:03 PM   #15
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Why do you start 5 threads a day that all have only one topic:

Some ancient building / structure / city in Iran is the best / most imposing / most important in the whole world.


Is that some kind of overcompensation for the fact that Iran today sucks so much?
Of course there are just two threads, but you are certainly right about the current situation of Iran, an isolated country which is known as the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, I think for this reason Iran is also one of the least known countries of the world, there are numerous threads on this forum but I have never seen anyone talks about the Persian architecture which is certainly one of the most important and influential architectures in the world, I really wondered when Marathaman mentioned Persepolis in this thread, it shows I have worked well!!
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Old November 1st, 2010, 04:17 PM   #16
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Why do you start 5 threads a day that all have only one topic:

Some ancient building / structure / city in Iran is the best / most imposing / most important in the whole world.


Is that some kind of overcompensation for the fact that Iran today sucks so much?
Iran definitely contains some of the most important architecture ever built, but thanks to centuries of Euro-centrism it is largely unknown and ignored outside academic circles.

Maybe Cyrus could start just a couple of threads and keep updating them. That would work better IMO.
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Is that some kind of overcompensation for the fact that Iran today sucks so much?
It's very pretty though. It's a shame it's ruled by cultural barbarians these days. It used to have a lot of culture.
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It's not that bad. A lot of countries that are doing a lot worse have a better international image.
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True. But Iran is one of the roots of civilisation, it has to do better. The conservatism since 1979 has killed much of its cultural vitality. That doesn't mean it's automatically a dark and doomy country where nobody smiles and everything is bad, but i do feel it does not live up to its cultural and intellectual potential.

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