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Old December 4th, 2017, 10:47 PM   #41
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Ancient Xian (Chang'An)

Had massive palaces - the world's largest ever - 4x and 6.7x larger than the current record holder, the Forbidden City, and streets up to 492 ft
wide to act as firebreaks and divide up the populace (and subjugate them by discouraging protest). The residents were locked into separate walled
wards every night, under curfew, through a fascist regime. Not long after they revolted and burnt the palaces to the ground.


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The first few seconds of this video intro shows the scale of the city:



And at 02:35 Chang'An gets a fly through




The Epang Palace was the first totalitarian complex, almost as large (137 acres) as the Forbidden City, the world's largest palace (178 acres).




The Daming Palace was 4x the size the Forbidden City, and built by China's first Empress, Wu Zetian, in her typical style, to outdo the male rulers before her.
(She was buried in a 1000ft tall white pyramid, made by carving and bricking over a natural hill).




Weiyang Palace (aka the 'Endless Palace') was the largest ever built. It was 1,200 acres (4.8 sq km) , or 6.7x the size of the Forbidden City.

This is just one corner of the complex:


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Old December 4th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #43
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Great to see some more sites outside of the greco-roman classical world, the last two videos on Chang'An were amazing!
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Old December 5th, 2017, 06:26 AM   #44
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Medieval Paris
The more I see drawings and pictures of pre Haussmann Paris, the more I like it. There are some pictures of Parisian slums that't hadn't been renovated by the late 1800s.
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Old December 5th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #45
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Great to see some more sites outside of the greco-roman classical world, the last two videos on Chang'An were amazing!
Thanks, the Beijing post updated

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Old December 5th, 2017, 07:30 AM   #46
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Medieval London, and its 490ft cathedral





London Bridge was dangerous, not just for its funneling effect on the river to create rapids - when it caught fire at both ends 3,000 were drowned, burnt or stampeded to death.




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Angkor - the world's largest ancient site and city, larger than Paris City Proper, covering over 1,000 sq km. 800-1400 AD

It's biggest Hindu temple, Angkor Wat was once sheathed in gold leaf, and is the world's biggest religious building. The spiral maze structure at top is still a mystery.
















It had a huge water system, with vast rectangular reservoirs 8 km long, that supported the million inhabitants. Angkor is known as the 'hydraulic city'.



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Lidar technology is revealing the housing that once stood across the vast city, much denser than previously thought









Since 2015 two new cities long suspected to hide beneath the jungle cover, that took over after Angkor was abandoned, have been revealed, showing Cambodia at the time
was the world's greatest power. These new cities are even larger than the current capital, Phnom Penh.




Angkor was attacked several times by the Thai Empire.









The king was guarded by an elite squad of female bodyguards, with whip jewellery and throwing daggers in their headpieces






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Ayutthaya, Thailand was the world's largest city in 1700, and referred also as the world's most beautiful by visiting diplomats. It's million plus residents
lived in a network of canals on ornate houseboats. Its temples were once gilded.













When it flooded a few years ago the ancient sites revealed what they must have looked like in their Venetian heyday.



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And the Burmese armies that destroyed Ayutthaya had their rival capital in Bagan, Myanmar.

Only the stone built temples remain - once gilded also, 2,200 of the 10,000 that used to dominate this city.













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Daily life:










The city was destroyed in the 14th Century by the Mongols.

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Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (Cologne)

4th Century





Roman city walls in mediaval Colgne - 1st Century Cologne



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Augusta Treverorum (Trier) Imperial Capital

4th Century





Porta Nigra



Barbara Baths






Imperial Baths





Imperial Quarter



Imperial Palace (Trier Cathedral)


Basilika





"Cattle Market" Baths



Amphiteather and Circus











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Colonia Ulpia Traiana (Xanten)



2nd Century


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The Acropolis of Lindos,
on the island of Rhodes, Greece


200 BC:



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The temple of Baal in Palmyra

2nd century AD:



Before its destruction by ISIS:



You can find interactive digital reconstructions of the temple
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The city of Eridu, Iraq,
possibly the oldest city in the world.


View towards the Persian Gulf, 3200 BC:



The Reed Boat of the Cult Image of the God Enki:



And this is the site today:



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The Philadelphion and Capitolium of Constantinople



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The first Senate before the Nika Riots



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The forum of Theodosius



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"Three crowns castle", Stockholm

These illustrations were made before the castle burned down in 1697:









And here's a model of what it looked like:



After the fire, it was replaced by the royal palace, which is still the official residence of the king.



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Makalös Palace, Stockholm

The palace was commissioned by Jakob De la Gardie and
built from around 1630 to 1653. It too was damaged
by fire, and demolished in 1825. Makalös means something
like unrivaled, in Swedish.


Illustrations from around 1700:



Here, you can see it in the background:



A model of what it looked like:



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