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What's your favourite masterpiece of architecture?

  1. Dec 12, 2006 #1
    There are many beautiful buildings around the world, like the library of Alexandria, the Louvre, The Colosseum...

    It's difficult to pick one, but Sydney Operahouse

    http://www.nettravel.cz/Data/Foto/421475/1024/Australie-Sydney-opera-V-Sydney-Australie-1012.jpg [Broken]

    scores high on my ranking. The designer is Danish, by the way.
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    I'm partial to domes. St. Peter's and Paul's are both spectacular, but Il Duomo in Florence is my favorite, especially since you can climb up over its bricks and timbers between the two shells on your way to the cupola on top. The Pantheon is amazing because it is huge, and was built with concrete, by the ancient Romans.
  4. Dec 12, 2006 #3
    Romans are the best. 1000 years later and still standing.
  5. Dec 13, 2006 #4
    Greeks are better, plus the romans stole all there ideas from the greeks.

    If you like domes, Hagia Sophia is best IMHO:
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    Ursula Andress...
    'nuff said.
  7. Dec 13, 2006 #6
    1000 years ??? you mean more like 2000 years...

  8. Dec 13, 2006 #7
    And the rest, few are from 500BC.

    But this is young for Greek ruins. In fact the oldest ruins in Italy are Greek in Sicaly
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    I know that, but the greeks did not have great structures like the romans at the roman scale.
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    Greeks are cool but they didn't come up with arches and domes...
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    Hmm..Taj Mahal, perhaps?
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    Gokul's dead on with this, the Sagrada Familia is absolutely incredible. And it's not even finished yet.

    Also a big fan of Bilbao's Guggenheim museum:

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    i would have to go with the sagrada familia also. it will be finished in my lifetime luckily. :approve:

    http://img286.imageshack.us/img286/9472/sagradafamiliadrawingvy5.png [Broken]

    i also like the hagia sophia & the surrounding buildings. it reminds me of theed (the naboo capital city) in star wars.
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    The Burj al-Arab hotel.

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    That's the one with the tenniscourt on top right ? Where Federer and Agassi once played an exhibition "match".

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    Yes. :bugeye: :surprised

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    They actually played tennis on the helipad. Tiger Woods hit a golf ball into the sea.
  19. Dec 13, 2006 #18
    That is awesome.
  20. Dec 13, 2006 #19
    WOW, man man man...I agree with Evo, this is some impressive building.



    I would love to have my office there...Way up high in fresh air to get lots of inspiration for whatever it is i would be doin'

  21. Dec 13, 2006 #20
    Lol, then a big gust of wind comes along and blows all your papers into the ocean. :rolleyes:
  22. Dec 13, 2006 #21
    hey, i work with a pc man....this is 2006 :wink:

  23. Dec 13, 2006 #22
    Lol, true enough marlon.

    I have to agree with arildno, the Taj Mahal is very nice.

    White these may not be the most beautiful, they are definitely the most awe inspiring in my mind.


    Also I would concede that they are no great feat in architecture, but for their time, they were!
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  24. Dec 13, 2006 #23

    What are you saying :) Ma Va!! The greeks of course had the great structures, from the ancient times. Have you ever been on the hills of the acropolis in Athens? Have you ever seen any of the ancient temples sewn across all the islands of Greece, From Crete to Aegina? Have you ever been to the coast of Turkey? Perhaps even Sicily?

    All the classical Roman architecture you will see, has its roots in Greek Architecture.
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  25. Dec 13, 2006 #24
    Arches yes, domes not sure about. But the Hagia Sohpia was the largest Domed structure for a LONG time.

    The greeks used Arches in architectures before anyone else did, especially in bridges...
  26. Dec 13, 2006 #25

    Yes, I know that. :rolleyes: But the Romans actually BUILT massive structures at a scale the Greeks did not.
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