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The Epidaurus Theatre (ca. 300-340 BC), the Delphi theatre (4th century BC) and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (161 AD) in the Acropolis of Athens (known locally as the the Herodeon), still fulfil their original purpose, all three are constantly used as venues for various festivals. The ancient theatre in Dion is also used occasionally. The Colosseum ...
Pantheon in Rome (126 AD). Most of the older buildings in the Wiki list ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_oldest_buildings_in_the_world ) are either not in use, or used as tombs only, or were reconstructed significantly.
Steel grating for platform use was first developed and produced by Walter Irving at the beginning of the 20th century. It was first used for ventilation of New York's stiflingly hot subway system, but his company, Irving Subway Grating, quickly marketed it for a range of other uses including bridge decking and catwalks. Aluminum grates (which might be ...
As "Vikings," the Normans were good SHIP builders. Once they reached land, it wasn't much of a stretch for them to transfer their skills to building churches and other buildings. The Normans adopted a style of architecture that is known as "Romanesque." It was originated by the Romans, but later imitated by many west Europeans, chief among them the Normans. ...
The upper story of the Theater of Marcellus (ca 13 BC) in Rome is a block of apartments.
Turns out it was teak wood. Teak was the preferred would and the red brown color wouldn't be a mahogony stain, but the natural color. As teak is sourced from the Thai/Burma area, Dec. 7th ended the supply chain. Douglas-Fir was substituted on the newer carriers in WWII, and that would have to have been stained and subsequently painted. ...
While not exactly a building, the Western Wall in Jerusalem ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall ) is a site in which daily praying takes place. It was constructed around around 19 BCE.
According to this source, Carthage remained a minor Phoenician outpost until after the fall of Tyre to Alexander the Great in 332 BC. At that time many of the wealthy citizens of Tyre, having ransomed themselves from Alexander, moved to Carthage and began the constructions that led to it rapidly becoming the wealthiest city of the Western Mediterranean. If ...
I found this topic to be well-described in The Ties That Bind: Peasant Families in Medieval England, by Barbara Hanawalt. Her book focuses on the farming serfs who made up the bulk of the population; the date range is the 13th to 15th centuries. Regarding the size of houses, on pages 32-33: At the lower end of the social scale was the hut of the ...
If you're willing to accept the Navy of South Carolina as being part of the US Navy, then the Indien/South Carolina, built in an Amsterdam shipyard in 1778, seems to meet your criteria. It was built to order as a warship rather than being converted from an existing merchant ship, for some government that eventually became the United States. The only thing ...
Aboutcivil.org estimates the value at 50 million rupees based on the price of gold to rupees at the time. The site estimates the value at $500 million in 2005. At 1.4 rupees per gram of gold, that's around 35,700 kilograms of gold. Today that's worth around $1.5 billion. Certainly enough to put a dent in almost any treasury.
The Roman theatre in Caesarea.
I believe the "launching nose" is meant. http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2012/01/uk-military-bridging-equipment-the-bailey-bridge/ Regarding the nose specifically, from the above site: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6655388167_d1e515d555.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6655567565_ef3b5c1684.jpg ...
It is because Corregidor is dominated by Alas-Asin at the end of the Bataan. Anyone controlling Alas-Asin can easily shell all of Corregidor. Originally the US fortress on Corregidor (Fort Mills) had only surface fortifications, but the Army realized that the fort was completely vulnerable to a shore bombardment. Therefore, to make the fort a ...
Not sure if the qualify but the Asheville and Natchez were River Class frigates building in Canada in 1942, for the RN and RCN, transferred while still building under Reverse Lease Lend to the USN. If they qualify there were also a number of Modified Flower corvettes transferred while building. Others?
We still have an active shipyard on Guam and at Guantanamo. We have had other shipyards overseas in the past, but the rest of them have been turned over to the local government. The only exception is the shipyard on Pago Pago which was turned over to the Department of the Interior. http://www.shipbuildinghistory.com/history/shipyards/3public.htm
In Europe there were historically two ways to build ships. Wikipedia refers to them as Clinker and Carvel. Carvel originated in the Mediterranean while Clinker was more typical in the Atlantic. Clinker-built requires less caulking so is more lightweight and simpler to build, resulting in a flexible hull well suited for the rigours of ocean travel. ...
Stonehenge and other megalithic sites in Britain are still, or pehaps more accurately, once again used for religious purposes.
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