Saturday, December 14, 2013

Architectural Fun Facts

By Nicholas Mosher

The spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg was finally completed in 1439, 424 years after construction started1.

The Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side caused by strong winds1.

England's Stonehenge is 1500 years older than Rome's Colosseum1.
Work on St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, began in 1506. Construction took over a century, reaching completion in 16121.

Frederic-August Bartholdi sculpted The Statue of Liberty1.
There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue of Liberty1.

The Hoover Dam had enough rock excavated in its construction to build the Great Wall of China. It is 726 feet tall and 660 feet thick at its base1.
The Hoover Dam was designed and built to last over 2,000 years. 500 years from now the concrete will finally be fully cured1.

If any of the heads on Mt. Rushmore had a body, it would be nearly 500 feet tall1.

On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people1.
There are 10 Million bricks in the Empire State Building2.

The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet tall1.
There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower1.

300 tons of reddish-green paint are used to paint the Eiffel Tower every seven years1.

The estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 6,648,000 tons1.
The base of the Great Pyramid in Egypt is large enough to cover ten football fields. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, it took 400,000 men twenty years to construct this great monument2.

The great Gothic cathedral of Milan was started in 1386, and wasn’t completed until 18051.

The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, held just under 6,000 people when it opened in December, 19321.

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1630 by Shah Jehan to honor his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth.  The reflection of the onion domes on the water represents tears1.

The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. There are 322 galleries holding nearly 3 million pieces of art and it spans over 15 miles1.

The world's largest Gothic cathedral is in New York City. It is the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. The cathedral measures 601 feet long, 146 feet wide, and has a transept measuring 320 feet from end to end1.
A bridge built in Lima, Peru around 1610 was made of mortar that was mixed not with water but with the whites of 10,000 eggs. The bridge, appropriately called the Bridge of Eggs, is still standing today2.
It takes a person fifteen to twenty minutes to walk around the Pentagon once2.

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