The most badass historical symbols/buildings thread.
Hardmode : no swastikas or auschwitz
I always wondered how this stood up on its own
>the Soviets blew up a cathedral to build this
>WWII happens = no materials/funds to go around
>foundations end up being the world's largest outdoor swimming pool
On that note, totalitarianism begets totally rad architecture
for symbolic buildings sure but residential architecture was shit-tier. Even some government buildings were total shit. And 90% of statues are indecipherable blobs of concrete and metal
The remains of Neson's Pillar in Dublin circa 1966 when it was blown up by IRA.activists.
The Church of Saint George, Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Late 12th century AD.
Gommies had plenty of cool designs that never saw the light of day
What is the best statue ever made?
that thing is ugly and formless
its like a middle school shop project
That was built when Khruschev came in and declared war on "decadence" or whatever. The stuff built during Stalin was pretty damn awesome.
Parliament, a conference centre, and 3 museums
When you have one of the biggest buildings in the world, why not? 70% of the building doesn't get used
and yes, Ceausescu demolished a bunch of buildings (including historically important ones and a stadiums) to build that monstrosity
Mont Saint Michel.
A monastery built on a rock rising out of quick sand and half the time it's an island.
would have been quite something had it ever been finished
It is plausible, it just needs to be modified slightly to function, primarily by killing parasites instead of valuable members of society.
The only real choice.
That's the abomination I was referring to. If it wasn't for it's sheer size it would be some flyover monument. I seriously hope this thing was unfinished.
> it's simple form is a sign of humility
>build it 98 feet tall on a mountain
I don't think so.
You're thinking of a different picture.
I'm sure it was, although it probably had a fairly massive 'counter-weight' between the legs.
The Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia
It's not much to look at anymore, but Caerphilly castle when it was complete must have been quite a sight.
Beaumaris castle was never finished IIRC, but had it been, it probably would have been the most formidable castle of its time.
People who have been say that this shit is pretty bad-ass.
I've seen these enormous Soviet vanity projects and it's always been a mystery why anyone would find them attractive. I guess if you have the aesthetic sensibilities of a 12-year-old, they'll seem like a good idea. To a functional adult, however, they're tacky and offensive.
That's the appeal
But it's a very simplistic penis.
A giant Soviet dick would have been covered in stone laurels and topped with a giant sickle and hammer at the top, probably with twenty layers of statues of Stalin.
They're nice ego projects. But I find the best grand architecture to be nice when surrounded by buildings that share the same aesthetic.
its affirming his right to rule over the italian people. It could also attempts to give the impression that people consented to his rule, it reminds me of a crowd shouting "yes! yes! yes" in answer to mussolini telling to the crowd "do you love your leader? do you want him to continue ruling? so you want me to stay in power?" its manufacturing consent even if it was or wasn't there. In other words, totalitarian mindfucking, though admittedly a lot of people did support Mussolini
The "babies" are apparently evil spirits of some sort from what I've read. Can't really find any links to it at the moment, but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogner_Park#History has a line about it, and it seems the sourced that bit, so you could check that.
The only answer. I'm always fascinated by how well it was done without modern equipment.
Library of Congress
absolutely gorgeous on the inside, second largest library in the world
The thing you have to remember about this shit isn't that it's a good looking building, it's that the crazy mother fucker running the country had it built because he's an egotistical madman with power and money to waste on an impractical building.
It's like if you had a really ugly dick, but it was the longest one in the world at the time. Regardless of it being ugly, you're still going to show it off because it's fucking huge and will make others embarrassed that their dick isn't as big.
skylight for the main entrance. rest of the ceiling is covered in mosaics featuring various Muses and other figures
main reading room.
these pictures really don't do it justice, if you're ever in DC you should really check it out
Thanks anon it looks beautiful. They really don't make buildings like that anymore. When I'm next in America I would love to check this out. My favourite library in the world though has to be Trinity College Dublin. It's what the Jedi library from Star Wars was based on and it has that lovely wood smell throughout.
>DC is one of the few places in the US I never want to visit
How come? It's easily one of the most beautiful and touristy cities in the country.
>It's easily one of the most beautiful and touristy cities in the country.
That very reason. I hate touristy things and generally don't like city site seeing, preferring site seeing in natural things/nature.
I live in Washington state, I can't stand being in many larger cities and prefer more densely wooded areas, and the coast.
It's a 90% negro on welfare shithole the second you step out of the federal government area. Even this area isn't that great. The BFI building is a disgrace, the white house doesn't move me beyond reason and some of the monuments are cringeworthy like the pseudo-antique imitations like the Jefferson memorial.
The library of Congress was god tier, but it's the exception.
sorry you feel that way. I'm originally from Tacoma and I'm of the opinion that west coast cities look like shit, but I think DC and a lot of east coast cities are gorgeous, soulful, and well-worth visiting.
Konarak Temple has thousands of carvings of sex acts and large breasted women being sluts
It's basically covered in them.
It's still a (dys)functioning city, so it's going to have its ugly parts. I think Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, and basically everything west of Georgia Avenue is some of the finest urban environment America has to offer.
There are thousands of these all over it, and they're all different
The amount of ridiculous wealth on display inside is awesome. But I found the gardens to be even more mind blowing.
The excess of royalty was truly on a scale a could not comprehend prior to visiting that palace.
Not even a fucking nazi, I'm actually a mutalist/commie but why the fuck would you limit the abilities to post history because of your fee'fees?
Nazi architecture was impressive.
what are you doing?
socrealism was alright, but after stalin's death the architecture went to shit with the commieblocks
And here is how it would turn out in reality.
a) no, and b) considering the people in China and Russia had near nothing before the communist parties took over - those grey complexes were probably heaven.
A lot of their flaws are also intentional, they where built so that you wouldn't be able to construct barricades.
And some of them are pretty comfy desu
The soviets where hardly alone in the large complexes either, the welfare projects in Europe worked on the same premises. It's more a case state-founded "quick and efficient" before style.
Reading Speer's book really gives you a sense of how grand this was all supposed to be. The plan was to demolish part of the existing city to make way for this. I think they already started rerouting the train tracks in the south part of the city for it.
The Soviet had some of the best designs I've ever seen. Literally the only thing great about them. So many would have made it into futuristic films. That was the future I envisioned not the minimal, modern crap like today's architecture. The only thing that came close was Art Deco.