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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.

The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid of Giza is 4,500 years old. It's the only ancient wonder of the world still standing. To cut and move the 2 million stones needed to build it would involve the whole Egyptian state.

Related Links
Great Pyramid of Giza - wikipedia
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt.
Engineering an Empire - Egypt
This program looks at the amazing engineering feats that the Egyptians built in from around 3000 BC to around 1212 BC, including Menes' dam, pyramids, obelisks, and the temple at Abu Simbel.
The Revelation of the Pyramids
For centuries, the Great Pyramids have fascinated Mankind; every year brings a batch of new theories, from the plausible to the absolutely bizarre.

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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