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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

I suppose that the Neolithic Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, built about 2470 - 2350 BC, is probably a contender for any list of the tallest European structures from ancient times. At 39.3 metres (129 ft) ...
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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

I'll put in the Hagia Sophia, which reached the height of 182ft (55.6 meters) in the year 562: ...The emperor ordered an immediate restoration. He entrusted it to Isidorus the Younger, nephew of ...
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What was the shortest time between a historical event occuring and a museum opening dedicated to said event?

The Majdanek concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army on July 22, 1944. Since it was a largely intact structure, it took the joint Soviet and Polish commission only two month to prepare a ...
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Why are most of the world's oldest buildings in Europe and not in the Fertile Crescent?

If you look at the details of the oldest buildings on your list, all of them are built from fieldstone or minimally-shaped quarried stone. Further, the building materials were either found on-site or ...
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What was the shortest time between a historical event occuring and a museum opening dedicated to said event?

The UK's Imperial War Museum was founded in spring 1917, nearly three years after the outbreak of WWI, when it was already clear that the war would have great historical significance. This was over a ...
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Anyone know what this stone building is?

It's a "single pot lime kiln", adjacent to the beach, at Wallog. Coal and limestone would have been landed on the beach from small sailing vessels. The burnt lime would then be used to improve the ...
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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

Possible currently existing candidates after the Colosseum and the Nimes Aqueduct. at 91 feet, the aqueduct of Ferreres, tarragona, Ic B.C. at 89 feet, the aqueduct of Segovia. The Hercules ...
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Did the drapes in old theatres actually say "ASBESTOS" on them?

Yes, you can find images of such safety curtains in several places. Here is one concerning an old theatre in Detroit. (copyrighted images so links only). Another image here concerning the Hawaii ...
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Why are most of the world's oldest buildings in Europe and not in the Fertile Crescent?

Actually, some of the oldest known man-made structures are in the Fertile Crescent (FC). The list in your question purposefully excludes sites like Göbekli Tepe, Tell es-Sultan, and Tell Qaramel, each ...
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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

What about the Pantheon in Rome, finished circa 126 AD? It is 142 feet to the inside of its oculus, and the dome adds another 1.2 metres (3.9 ft). (shared from engineeringrome.com via CC 3.0, ...
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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

Borsippa was a city that was closely connected to Babylon. It had a Ziggurat built by Nebbuchadnezzar II, on the site of an older building. It belonged to the god Nabu. Originally standing at 70 ...
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What is this building called? (It was built in 2002)

Looks pretty much like the Bibliotheca Alexandrina? The historical predecessor was the Library of Alexandria: Established Probably during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285–246 BC) ...
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Why are most of the world's oldest buildings in Europe and not in the Fertile Crescent?

It's not just Europe but even narrower. You'll notice the top 3 listed are all in France. Of the rest of the top 10, 4 are in the British Isles. I think Mark has about half of the answer: These ...
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Is a wheel older than a wall?

No, wheels are not older than walls. Walls (as in city walls, designed to protect a group of people) have been discovered at Jericho, and dated to c 8000 BCE. The earliest walls of any kind that we ...
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History of Moti Masjid

It appears that both are correct. It's just that they are referring to different buildings. The term Moti Masjid simply means "Pearl Mosque". The Moti Masjid (Agra Fort) "Pearl Mosque" in Agra was ...
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Did the drapes in old theatres actually say "ASBESTOS" on them?

My brother and I both received one of these in the early 1960's, complete with asbestos sample as shown - except the sample we had looked nothing like the one here, but rather was a sample of fibrous (...
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Did the Eastern Romans also use Roman concrete?

The use of concrete did fade after the fall of the western Roman Empire, though at least some aspects of the use of concrete was held over into the Byzantine Architectural style, on some early ...
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Where can I find more information about destruction of a castle in Merlas, France?

The chateau at Saint-Sixte was attacked by the Germans because it was being used by a local French resistance (Maquis) group as a hideout and base of operations in the Isere department of the region ...
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is there a connection between the British slate roofs and slate roofs found in the Himalayan State of India ( Uttarakhand)

An article on Himachal slate gives multiple examples of temples (such as Chandrashekhar Temple among others) with slate roofs from the 10th-century onwards. It also mentions that in certain areas ...
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Why are most of the world's oldest buildings in Europe and not in the Fertile Crescent?

Civilisations not only build buildings, but destroy and reuse them. Many ruins were effectively used as quarries by local people and stones, e.g. bricks from Roman buildings ended up in an early ...
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Does somebody know anything about the original "Tour de Croy" tower?

The Tour de Croy was completed in 1765, according to the Chatillon site page Histoire de la ville. Construction took place in stages, starting in 1763. The height was eventually 50 feet in total. It ...
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Is there any historical evidence that Sultan Mehmed II bought the Hagia Sophia?

From Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall' Chapter 68: From the first hour of the memorable twenty-ninth of May, disorder and rapine prevailed in Constantinople till the eighth hour of the same day, when the ...
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Were there any Roman villas in Britain which were used rather than destroyed after the Romans left?

There is evidence of villas in use well after 600AD, When the Pope sent missionaries to Britain between 580 - 640AD, They reported of well organised and well run towns, the people enjoying bath houses,...
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Where was Haile Selassie's palace in the Ogaden Desert?

It was probably the one in Gode. More properly called a villa than a palace. But the locals referred to it as "palace" as it was still the biggest building for hundreds of kilometers around. Although ...
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What was the shortest time between a historical event occuring and a museum opening dedicated to said event?

As another contender, the border was closed between east and west Berlin on 12-13 August 1961 with the wall going up shortly after. According to Wikipiedia the Checkpoint Charlie Museum had its first ...
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Formation of underground layers of Rome

Did you ever hear of a tell? In archaeology a tell is an artificial hill formed by generation after generation, century after century, of people living in the same place. A tell is an artificial ...
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Is there, or was there ever a venue known as "Cobo Arena" in Detroit?

According to Wikipedia, what was the Cobo Arena is now the Grand Riverview Ballroom which is the round building on the right of the google maps image. It's a separate building from the Joe Louis Arena ...
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Aside from the Pyramids, what is the tallest man-made structure still standing in Europe & the Near East from ancient times?

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem From http://www.jerusalem-insiders-guide.com/temple-of-jerusalem.html The dimensions for the Temple of Jerusalem were staggering: 460 meters to the east, 315 m to the ...
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What do Florence, Genoa, Milan and Venice have in common?

This question seems to be based on a bit shaky grounds in terms of presentation. That would make answering the title question more than tricky. Without required updates within the question as asked, ...
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Line houses and laws?

Let's create a timeline: The Haskell Free Library was "spaded" in 1901 and completed in 1904. It was deliberately built across the border in order to foster better U.S. Canadian relations. Although ...
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