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Old February 23rd, 2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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Thomas Jefferson visited the Maison Carrée in Southern France and he loved it.
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Its design inspired him to work with Charles-Louis Clérisseau in the construction of the Virginia State Capital. In a letter to James Madison, he wrote,

"We took for our model what is called the Maison quarree of Nismes, one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful and precious morsel of architecture left us by antiquity."
-Jefferson to Madison, Paris, 20 September 1785
I am inclined to agree with him.
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The Crystal Palace late 1800's
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which held The Great Exhibition in 1851 where works of industry from all nations were shown to the visitors. According to historians it was like seeing parts of the world that people could never see, spetacular arrangments and displays, water features, even dinosaur displays it was very exotic for the time - like travelling the globe without having to leave England. It was organised by Prince Albert - Queen Victoria's husband.

Unfortunately the Crystal Palace burnt to cinders and was destroyed eventually.

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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" is a great travel book about his travels through Europe and the Holy Land in the 1860's.
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Kind of stunning to realise the pyramids,and the many monumental buildings of Ramses The Great were already ancient when Julius Caesar visited.

Would the great pyramid of Khufu still have been clad in limestone?
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Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" is a great travel book about his travels through Europe and the Holy Land in the 1860's.

Also hilariously politically incorrect:

Eg Twain claimed he had discovered why Arab women wear the veil; "To hide inexcusable ugliness".There's a lot in that vein,so don't expect an objective account.
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Kind of stunning to realise the pyramids,and the many monumental buildings of Ramses The Great were already ancient when Julius Caesar visited.

Would the great pyramid of Khufu still have been clad in limestone?
It depends on which civilization looted the limestone for building materials. I think it was either the Ptolemies or the Romans.
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Try any of the locations in this interactive map of the Ancient Ruins of Asia.

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Ayutthaya

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Kafir Kot

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The Pyramids were considered ancient even in Roman times (most of them built between 2800-2500 BCE), and probably still had the limestone and marble shiny surface, as well as the famous gold coated summit. Each Pyramid was surrounded by a beautiful and well-kept garden. The pyramids would have been awe inspiring for the average Roman noblemen. They were surrounded by myths and legends then, as they do now.
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