Posts Tagged ‘Landmark’

Guimarães Castle WIP

September 11, 2012

Romão Santos is already a well known builder because of his huge constructions and involvement in the social project “Projecto Construir” (“Building project”). “Projecto Construir” is an initiative in social entrepreneurship aimed at providing support for institutionalized persons, in particular children, providing them unique moments in nature playful and educational, through their involvement in the construction of large-scale models with LEGO® bricks.

His current project consists of building a large-scale model of the castle Guimarães. Guimarães is the first capital city of Portugal and its castle an important landmark of the country. Check how great the castle’s model is turning into to :)

You may follow the project at Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Projecto-Construir/154588337941752

LEGO Colosseum

June 30, 2012

TheBrickMan is the author of one of the best historical recreations I have seen lately. The LEGO Colosseum has a huge amount of details and the mix of the past and present is phenomenal!

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LEGO Colosseum, originally uploaded by TheBrickMan.

Great Wall of China

August 22, 2011

Some days ago I posted an awesome MOC of a miniscale Great Wall of China built by Matija. Today I found the minifig scale of the same historical landmark that was built by Si-MOCs.

His building techniques are rather simple but the overall design of the MOC is very well done. I also point out his short history lesson about the Great Wall that gives some enlightenment about the evolution of these walls and their purposes.

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The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortification built over a millennium. Despite popular belief, the wall was not originally constructed to protect against Mongol invaders, but instead built by the various Chinese states to protect their own borders against each other during the Warring State Period in 5th century BC. Most of the original walls was destroyed after Qin conquered all opposing sates and unified the country. The remaining wall was extended into a new northern wall which would protect against the empire against the nomadic Mongols from the north.

The first walls were simple walls made up of rammed earth and stones. By the Ming dynasty in the 16th century more advance techniques were used on the rebuild the walls, bricks, tiles and cut stones.

The MOC depicts the great wall in later age as a young Emperor watches his army march to battle.” – text by Si-MOCs

Great Wall of China, originally uploaded by Si-MOCs.

Al Khazneh

August 12, 2011

This is the third post in a row about landmarks, but how would it be possible to left behind this spectacular representation of Al Khazneh, one of the most elaborate buildings in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra?

ArzLan made a wonderful job detailing this mysterious building. His techniques are rather simple but very effective. The cogs used in the stone columns is one of my favorite details. As a bonus ArzLan gives us a glimpse of Indiana and the Last Crusader movie :D

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Al Khazneh, originally uploaded by ArzLan.

Great Wall of China

August 11, 2011

Talking about Matija. Here’s another great work of this landmark builder.The combination of colors in the wall is very close to perfect and cuts the gray’s monotony very well.

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Great Wall of China, originally uploaded by Matija Grguric.

Moai – Easter Island mysterious statues

August 10, 2011

Check out this cool representations of the mysterious statues on the Easter Island (Rapa Nui) built by Matija Grguric.

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Moai, originally uploaded by Matija Grguric.

Miyajima Torii

October 15, 2010

Matija Grguric presents a recreation of the famous Miyajima Torii from Japan. The shrine is incredible well done mostly because of the soft way the roof was made.

See more pictures here.

Micro Abu Simbel – Egypt

October 13, 2010

Jonathan Gilbert (aka Shmails) built a micro Abu Simbel, the famous temple carved into the side of a mountain in Egypt for the MCCVI over at Classic Castle. These micro constructions always fascinated me. I love the techniques to get those great details, such as the dozen of levers to represent the boat’s oars.

See more pictures at his gallery.

St. Basil’s Cathedral

October 8, 2010

Arthur Gugick (aka torgugick) built this incredible St. Basil’s Cathedral, one of the most important landmarks of Moscow. The amount of detail is astonish and really liked the way he built the curved tops of the towers.

You may find more pictures of St. Basil’s Cathedral and other great Arthur’s landmarks here.

Window of the Chapter House

July 22, 2010

Hello everyone! I’ve been very busy lately due to professional reasons but I’m back and to celebrate I would like to present one of the great constructions I’ve seen lately. Romão ans his students built the window of the Chapter house that belongs to the Convent of the Order of Christ at Tomar – Portugal, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The Convent of the Order of Christ was originally built in 12th century as a Templar stronghold. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal’s maritime discoveries of the 15th century.

Romão is, in my opinion, one of the best Portuguese builders, his portfolio includes the Cathedral of St. Macario.


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