The Greatest Myths about Ancient Structures

Posted by Peter McConnell on 9 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Tags: Inspiration, Architecture

‘We couldn’t build The Great Pyramid of Giza today’

The construction of The Great Pyramid of Giza has been a mystery to archaeologists, architects and historians for many years. There have been a number of myths circulated including the idea that aliens or mystical forces were the reason the Egyptians could create such an incredible and enormous structure.

French Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin as well as engineers such as Joseph Davidovits and Michel Barsoum have, however, formulated possible methods used in the construction of The Great Pyramid that prove it is humanly possible. In fact, according to Houdin’s construction method, if The Great Pyramid of Giza was to be replicated today it would take 5 years and would cost approximately $5 billion. Trucks, cranes, helicopters and 1,500-2,000 workers would be needed for the reconstruction.

The ‘Black Taj Mahal’

The Taj Mahal is a beautiful and impressive example of the use of symmetry in construction. It is the result of the work of great designers, architects and artisans who were summoned to make the emperor’s artistic desires and visions a reality. As with other structures that intrigue and mystify us, the Taj Mahal has it’s fair share of myths.

A common held belief is that a black marble Taj Mahal was planned to be built opposite the Taj Mahal as a tomb for Shan Jahan. Scholars have found a number of floors in this myth. Upon excavation, the supposed foundations of the Black Taj Mahal were found to be discoloured white stones rather than the black marble that is said to have been planned for Jahan’s tomb. Instead, these stones are believed to be the remains of a large secret garden.

‘There are Human Bones in The Great Wall of China’

The Great Wall of China is one of the most incredible feats of human construction efforts in history. A popular myth is that the mortar used to bind the stones in the Great Wall of China contains human bones to make it stronger.

The mortar was actually used from rice flour and no human remains have ever been found in the Great Wall. The compact microstructure of the rice flour and slaked lime gave The Great Wall strong and stable physical properties and mechanical strength. Who would’ve thought that the strength and longevity of this amazing construction effort lies in the use of sticky rice?