The Great Wall of China

Today, I’m offering you a new chronicle, an idea that I have been churning in my head for a while: ARCHAEO-Crush.  This chronicle will feature one archaeological crush per month–an artefact, a monument or a site of which I am rather fond.  Each post will include a photograph, a brief info notice and the reason why I like it so much. (These posts will be regrouped in the ‘Categories’ section in the sidebar not under an actual chronicle in the menu.)

In celebration of Chinese New Year, my ARCHAEO-Crush for the month of February is…

The Great Wall of China as photographed by my father in fall 2014.

The Great Wall of China as photographed by my father in fall 2014.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Type: monument (military fortifications)
Civilisation: ancient China
Date: 3rd century BCE to 17th century CE
ARCHAEO-Crush: The fact that this monument is the longest man-made architectural structure is absolutely amazing, even though the sections do not all join (apparently some natural features serve as ramparts). Astoundingly, it is over 20,000 km in length. Additionally impressive is the fact that it was built continuously (!!!) for practically 2000 years by various emperors, using different building techniques. It is a masterpiece of military architecture.  I love architecture…
Bucket list status:  Somewhere near the top of the list!
Additional info: UNESCO World Heritage number 438

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