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The Secrets of Ancient Rome’s Buildings

The Secrets of Ancient Rome’s Buildings | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
What is it about Roman concrete that keeps the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing? (Why are the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing?

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It's interestng to find out that volcanic ash was a secret weapon the Roman used to create strong city buildings, eventhough it might a bit doubtful now. Howeve, whatever helped preserve their great structures is wonderful becasue it allowed us in the 21 century to still experience these geat beautiful structures.

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claudia patino's curator insight, February 7, 8:10 PM

I have wondered why some buildings have survived for hundreds of years. Apparently the extra ingredient was volcanic ash to make concrete more durable. While today's concrete does not contain that ingredient, I am impresses with this idea.

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Forbidden Archeology: Why Does Ancient Art Contain Depictions Of ...

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Why Does Ancient Art Contain Depictions Of Flying Aircraft, Helicopters And Dinosaurs?. http://thetruthwins.com Michael Snyder February 17th, 2014 The history of our planet is far more complex than most people would dare ...
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im not sure sure how much I believe this report and why it's never been discovered before. However it's interesting, I look forward to finding more about this.

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The last days of Mogadishu's old town | Qaranimo Online

The last days of Mogadishu's old town | Qaranimo Online | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
By Abdulkadir Khalif | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | s Hamarweyne and Shangani areas are what you could call the old town of the Somali capital. In fact, Hamarweyne literally means the big city or old town.
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The incredible hulks: Jonathan Meades' AZ of brutalism - The Guardian

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The Guardian The incredible hulks: Jonathan Meades' AZ of brutalism The Guardian Asplund's neologism caught on in Stockholm and was picked up by British architectural pilgrims to that city, among them Oliver Cox, Graeme Shankland and Michael...
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I really like the leading picture in this article. It makes me think of the homes build by Suamrians, homes on top of homes. 

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25 Influential Pieces Of Ancient Greek Architecture - List25

25 Influential Pieces Of Ancient Greek Architecture - List25 | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Ancient Greek architecture is most popular for its temples. This type of architecture was produced by the Hellenic people whose culture thrived on Mainland Greece, the Aegean Islands and in colonies in the Asia Minor ...
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Three different ancient buildings from three different parts of the world, yet they look exactly the same. - via @9GAGTweets

Three different ancient buildings from three different parts of the world, yet they look exactly the same. - via @9GAGTweets | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Three different ancient buildings from three different.. - http://t.co/UfEP7W2Mw2
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This is pretty amazing. I know on line you always run the risk of running into unreal articles and especially pictures. However, if this is really true it's pretty awesome!

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Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple

Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
The excavation has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.
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I thought it was really interesting that in this article they pointed out the necessity of cities and civiliations to continue to change and evolve to survive.

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The Sephardic sinagogue in Pesaro

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I've already written a few times about the Sephardic sinagogue in Pesaro, dating back to the 16th century, and about Pesaro old Jewish Ghetto (its narrow streets are my favourite scenario when ...


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I was immediately captivated by the beautiful intricate design. I think it's amazing how this building, the designs inside and the colorful murals have stood the test of time. This synagogue is definitely on my "to visit" list. 

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, January 28, 5:39 AM

For security reasons there is nothing on the exterior to suggest the religious function of this brick building.

The men’s entrance is on the south-eastern front facing Jerusalem. Next to this, though smaller, is the women’s which leads directly up a staircase to the women’s gallery (…)

On the ground floor are an oven, a bath for the purification of worshippers, and a well. Water – a very important purifying element – runs back into the fountain at the end of the entrance corridor used for the washing of hands.

The Prayer room on the first floor follows a bipolar arrangement whereby The Ark (Aròn) and Pulpit (Tevàh) stand opposite one another against the walls at each end. The entrance to the room is placed under the pulpit. This particular position, a characteristic shared only by the synagogues of Ancona, Carpentras and Cavaillon in France and Safed in Palestine, all of which follow the Spanish rite, is such that those who enter face both the Aròn and Jerusalem. [...]

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MARS ANCIENT HEAD FOUND MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURES CURIOSITY JULY 2013

Mars life evidence is found! Once again Nasa footage has been hacked straight from Mars Curiosity. If you look closely, you can see the amazing structure of ...
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Can large wooden buildings only be built (ethically) in ancient time? | Green Asia Force

Can large wooden buildings only be built (ethically) in ancient time? | Green Asia Force | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Green Building ideas and sustainable architecture design in Asia tropical context.

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I've been to Japan, and I can say first hand seening these great huge structures made out of nothing but wood is definitely impresing.

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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, August 22, 2013 11:58 PM

Contrary to popular beliefs, timber could be the future solution of housing world population.

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5 Shockingly Advanced Ancient Buildings That Shouldn't Exist

5 Shockingly Advanced Ancient Buildings That Shouldn't Exist | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
It turns out the engineers of times past were nothing to sneer at, and some of their accomplishments make ours seem slightly embarrassing.

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It's amazing to see these ancient cities and contstructions. I have to agree with the author, the engineers and the structures they created are rediculous! and to think they didn't have the modern technology we have today. I mean an entire undergorund city with a school, and commerce place. Very cool!

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Seren's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:51 AM

Neat article about adanced ancent civilizatons. How far have we really come?

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Blaze prompts concern for ancient buildings - ecns

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"The ancient buildings in Dukezong used mainly pine wood, cypress and cedar, which is dry after hundreds of years," said Lyu Zhou, a professor of ancient architecture at Tsinghua University.
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City of Pompeii: An Ancient Roman city seen through the lens of a desert-dweller - El Paso Times

City of Pompeii: An Ancient Roman city seen through the lens of a desert-dweller - El Paso Times | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
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City of Pompeii: An Ancient Roman city seen through the lens of a desert-dweller
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With the remains of ancient buildings lining both sides of the street, visitors walk along the narrow roads of Pompeii.
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The city of Pompeii sounds like a beautiful I would definitely like to visit someday. It's suck a tragic story but it's nice to see it continues to be uncovered. 

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10th Anniversary of the Earthquake of the Citadel of Bam

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6 Homes For Sale Designed By Famous Architects | Bankrate.com

6 Homes For Sale Designed By Famous Architects | Bankrate.com | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
These six homes for sale were designed by a famous architect. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Craig Ellwoodand, you know these houses have character.
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California was a popular location for a few of these designer homes, however, I really like the Home in Mount Kisco. 

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Best of Manchester Buildings

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Jonathan Schofield on the best buildings in the city centre (“@mcrconfidential: Best of Manchester Buildings - @JonathSchofield on the best in the city centre...
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I really love the great detail of these columns and arches.It seems so Catholic Roman

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Baalbek Megaliths - Ancient Buildings supposedly carved with copper tools

Short Clips with Ancient Buildings supposedly carved with copper tools (by: DeBodemDel) http://youtu.be/aThnnm2c9ok http://youtu.be/RBb6bL_gWHU http://youtu....
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Graham Hancock: “New Archaeological Discoveries Uncover The ...

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“Everything we've been taught about the origins of civilization may be wrong,” says Danny Natawidjaja, PhD, senior geologist with the Research Centre for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
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What The Ancients Did For Us: The Aztecs, Maya, and Incas (History Documentary)

What The Ancients Did For Us: The Aztecs, Maya, and Incas (History Documentary) Step back in time to discover how the world was shaped by the ancient Chinese...
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World United Awakening: Civilization is older than we were taught

World United Awakening: Civilization is older than we were taught | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
“Everything we've been taught about the origins of civilization may be wrong,” says Danny Natawidjaja, PhD, senior geologist with the Research Centre for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
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Gilead, on a growth spurt, pays $91M for Foster City buildings - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Gilead, on a growth spurt, pays $91M for Foster City buildings - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Gilead, on a growth spurt, pays $91M for Foster City buildings
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In July of last year, Gilead bought 303 Velocity Way in Foster City for $180 million from Electronics for Imaging.
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The Secrets of Ancient Rome’s Buildings

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What is it about Roman concrete that keeps the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing? (Why are the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing?

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Flor Beltran's insight:

It's interestng to find out that volcanic ash was a secret weapon the Roman used to create strong city buildings, eventhough it might a bit doubtful now. Howeve, whatever helped preserve their great structures is wonderful becasue it allowed us in the 21 century to still experience these geat beautiful structures.

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claudia patino's curator insight, February 7, 8:10 PM

I have wondered why some buildings have survived for hundreds of years. Apparently the extra ingredient was volcanic ash to make concrete more durable. While today's concrete does not contain that ingredient, I am impresses with this idea.

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World's 10 Tallest Ancient Buildings Infographic | Graphs, Infographics

World's 10 Tallest Ancient Buildings Infographic | Graphs, Infographics | Buildings of Ancient Cities | Scoop.it
Lincoln Cathedral is the tallest ancient building in the world and is based in UK. This building has a height of 524 feet. St. Mary's church stands tall at 495 feet and is located in Germany.
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Religious buildings are among the top heights in on this list, probably because religion is a core foundation in culture.

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