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27 08, 2017

Basilica of Maxentius – Roman architecture

By |2019-02-11T06:23:35-07:00August 27th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine in the Roman Forum Where is the Basilica of Maxentius? The Basilica of Maxentius was the last building the emperors built in the Roman Forum before the fall of Rome. What is a basilica? The Roman Forum Roman architecture All our Ancient Rome articles When was it built? The Emperor Maxentius started the basilica in [...]

26 08, 2017

The Roman forum – Roman architecture

By |2019-06-12T06:27:25-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|6 Comments

Basilica Julia, Rome - in the Roman forum What was a Roman forum? At the center of most Roman cities was a big open space called the Forum. People met there to do business, to sell things and buy things, to see their friends, to find out about the news, and even to go [...]

25 08, 2017

Roman basilicas – Architecture in ancient Rome

By |2019-02-13T17:46:36-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Government, Romans|0 Comments

Basilica Aemilia, Rome What is a basilica? Sometimes the Romans had things they wanted to do in groups, but inside, out of the weather. Then they met in a basilica (ba-SILL-uh-ka). The word comes from the Greek word basileus, meaning a king. So a basilica started out as the king's hall. Probably the [...]

31 07, 2017

Toulouse – St. Sernin – Romanesque

By |2018-04-15T16:50:51-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Church of St. Sernin, Toulouse, France In 1080 AD, the church of St. Sernin in Toulouse was a busy place. Charlemagne had given the church some saints' relics, and many people stopped to pray there when they were on pilgrimage to St. Jacques de Compostela in Spain. But the little old church, built in the 300s AD under Roman rule, was too [...]

31 07, 2017

St. Germain des Pres – Paris

By |2018-04-15T16:50:50-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

St. Germain des Pres (Paris, 1000 AD) In 542 AD, the Merovingian king Childebert (Clovis' son) was fighting the Visigoths in Spain when he heard that the people of Saragossa were praying to St. Vincent to save them. Childebert decided not to fight people under the protection of a Christian saint, and the people were so grateful to be [...]

30 07, 2017

Medieval cathedrals – Architecture

By |2019-09-13T06:43:48-07:00July 30th, 2017|Medieval|19 Comments

Medieval cathedrals: Façade of Amiens cathedral in France What is a cathedral? A cathedral is any Christian church where a bishop has his headquarters. No matter how big a church is, if there's no bishop working in it, then it's not a cathedral. More about bishops Medieval architecture Lots more Middle Ages articles For instance, the cathedral [...]

18 05, 2017

African Buildings in Antiquity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:06-07:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|0 Comments

African buildings: Hathor temple at Naqa (modern Sudan), ca. 10 AD African buildings in stone In the first centuries AD, African architects kept building more stone buildings, as trade continued to increase, and Africa kept on getting richer. In East Africa, the queens of Kush (in modern Sudan) built stone temples and palaces. The [...]