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Essay:Duce's Hall of Manmade Wonders

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I'm pretty damn tired of racists pretending that non-European civilizations never accomplished anything significant or built anything cool. For my own entertainment, I'm documenting some of the most significant architectural achievements in different continents. Plus, I like adding and showcasing ancient architecture pictures. I'll be adding to this every now and then for the foreseeable future.

Africa[edit]

North Africa[edit]

Giza Necropolis[edit]

One of the most famous landmarks in the world today, and the last remaining of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Yet dumb conspiracy theorists seem unwilling to accept that these great structures were built by people who lived in Africa, theorizing instead that Egyptians were actually white or were assisted by aliens or whatever. That's a recurring theme that you'll see crop up with many African structures.

Located on the Giza Plateau just outside Cairo, the Giza Necropolis includes the three massive pyramids and subsidiary structures constructed during the Egyptian Old Kingdom. The area was probably constructed as a tomb complex by tens of thousands of workers. About 4,500 years old, these structures are by far the oldest I'll put here.

Karnak Temple Complex[edit]

A vast expanse of temples and religious structures near Luxor, Egypt. The Karnak Complex was one of the primary sites of Ancient Egyptian religious life. It's notable both for its intricate ancient decorations as well as its immense size. The complex even includes multiple manmade lakes.

Cairo Citadel[edit]

A huge Medieval complex in Cairo, the Citadel area was started by the great Islamic leader Saladin and continued by succeeding Egyptian sultans. It's easily one of the most impressive examples of Medieval war architecture. There are also a bunch of mosques and other landmarks in the area, built by later rulers to add more character to the great city of Cairo.

Medina of Marrakesh[edit]

Founded around 1070 CE by the Almoravids, Marrakesh was and is the cultural heart of Morocco. The Old City, or the Medina, contains some damn impressive masterpieces of architecture and art. The area is also a nice example of Middle East/North African Medieval city planning and building. I have a big ol' soft spot for nice Islamic architecture, and some great shit can be found in Marrakesh. The Kutubiyya Mosque is, in my view, the second most iconic structure in North Africa right after the Giza Pyramids.

Pyramids of Meroë[edit]

Inspired by Egyptian pyramids, black Nubians from the Kushite civilization constructed their own tomb complex starting around 300 BCE. Long after the Egyptians had abandoned such practices, Nubians carried the torch of the pyramids by constructing them across the Sudanese landscape for hundreds of years. Due to Sudan's tumultuous history, these architectural relics have yet to be commercialized. They still stand in the desert as an ancient testament to the perseverance and construction prowess of black Africans.

Great Mosque of Djenne[edit]

One of the most unique religious structures in the world, the mosque of Djenne was originally built in the 13th Century and then extensively refurbished in 1907. Racists make horrible jokes about Africans and mud huts, but this impressive structure was indeed constructed out of mud bricks mixed with straw and dried in the sun. The resulting building is remarkably durable so long as it receives proper upkeep. The building is still in use for holding thousands of worshipers, and it's been updated with electric lighting and air conditioning. The distinctive sticks jutting out of the structure are both decoration as well as a useful scaffolding for repairs and upkeep.