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Old November 13th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #41
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Parthenon, Taj Mahal, Keops Pyramid, St Mark's Campanile, Hagia Sophia, Colloseum, Library of Celsus, Dome of the Rock, Pantheon...
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Parthenon, Taj Mahal, Keops Pyramid, St Mark's Campanile, Hagia Sophia, Colloseum, Library of Celsus, Dome of the Rock, Pantheon...
The thing is, those are just the biggest/best surviving examples of the style.

What we don't know is if any of them were groundbreaking in their style - i.e. did styles then copy them, or were they just larger versions of existing styles.


If you wish to talk about legecy of the buildings, then you have to look at how they influenced architecture around the world. The pyramids certainy didn't do that. Nor did the Hagia Sophia. It was a building that got changed for a new purpose, an unlikely to be emulated.

Religious buildings are typically built to a style, so the buildings that gave rise to that style would be significant in each case, but how many influenced secular buildings too? What buildings sparked the Gothic revival, or art deco styles?

The Coliseum might be a great example of a famous old stadium, but from an arctictural point of view, have stadiums since then used it as a basis for anything?

You could make a case that the first steel frame skyscraper was a vitally important building, as it changed the way buildings could be built, but it's hardly a monument.
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