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Ancient Megastructures

Ancient Megastructures is a National Geographic documentary series discovering the secrets of revolutionary structures in ancient megastructures. Certain landmarks have captured the imagination and awe of modern-day architects and engineers around the world as they work to solve the mystery of how their ancient forebears were able to construct such beautiful, timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers. The series explores the full story behind nine magnificent structures that forever changed the landscape of architecture: The Colosseum, The Great Pyramid, Chartres Cathedral, St.Paul's Cathedral, Alhambra, Petra, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Hagia Sophia.

Alhambra
Arguably the most perfect example of Moorish architecture in existence, the Alhambra's construction process lasted over 150 years.

Related Links
Alhambra - wikipedia
The Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
Tales of the Alhambra
This is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories by Washington Irving.
When the Moors Ruled in Europe
Bettany Hughes traces the story of the mysterious and misunderstood Moors, the Islamic society that ruled in Spain for 700 years, but whose legacy was virtually erased from Western history.

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Ancient Megastructures - The Colosseum
Ancient Megastructures - The Great Pyramid
Ancient Megastructures - Chartres Cathedral
Ancient Megastructures - St Paul's Cathedral
Ancient Megastructures - Alhambra
Ancient Megastructures - Petra
Ancient Megastructures - Machu Picchu
Ancient Megastructures - Angkor Wat
Ancient Megastructures - Istanbul's Hagia Sophia