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Ancient Lighthouse - Pharos inspired

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Palando avatar Palando
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Hello, after a long time, this is my first post on PlanetMC. I was busy with my real life as well as building some things in Minecraft. Unfortunately, I forgot about posting some of my projects (or maybe I was a bit too lazy, too ;) ) In the next time I'm planning to show two other smaller projects and then one I was building for quite a time.

Today I want to present you my interpretation of one of the seven Ancient Worldwonders: The Pharos of Alexandria. I took inspiration from various sources, but yet it is my own interpretation, since the original one was sadly destroyed about 500 years ago by an earthquake. The lighthouse is located on an island close to Klenzing's haven, and surrounded by a small pillar hall. The interior contains a fire which can be reflected through mirrors up to the top. In general I'm really proud how the interior in overall with all those pillars turned out!


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Screenshots: LBPR + Kuro's with Seus shaders
Used tools: World Edit, Voxel Sniper



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03/02/2016 3:45 pm
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TheSassySpatula
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Interesting... so they used mirrors to transmit the light? I always wondered how a fire could be so bright, but mirrors make sense since they can focus the light. This stuff is fascinating to me because it is almost mythical in nature since it is so large, especially in terms of ancient architecture, yet it is not at all mythical because this structure actually existed. Kind of like Giza, only Giza still exists (4600 years later!). Good work on the structure! Well executed and I like its overall grandeur. Diamond for you!
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03/03/2016 11:33 am
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Palando
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Thank you! Furthermore they had to use those mirrors also, since in Egypt there aren't so many wood sources. Either they had to amplify the effect of a small fire or start importing wood, which would have been very expensive.
Overall I think we underestimate the old Greeks and Romans, but they were very advanced back then! After the barbarians destroyed everything so much knowledge got lost ...
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03/03/2016 12:14 pm
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TheSassySpatula
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I was going to write exactly what you said, that we underestimate the our ancient ancestors. Ancient certainly does not mean unintelligent. I believe many people already realize this, but there are more likely than not some who think that the ancients were simple (rofl). Look at the aquaducts for example. Simple in function but the design was so well executed that they still stand and I think are still used today! Or even the forms of government or societal systems they all had in place. Culture was thick even thousands of years ago all across the world. One of the signs of greatness if you ask me. Many things may have been lost due to war, disaster, etc. but that means we ought to cherish and protect what is still left even more. Thank goodness we live in the modern age where if something were to happen (I certainly hope not) it is most likely well documented and in duplicate all over the place, written and electronic. 

Lastly, the mirror thing. I did not realize they used and made mirrors that early on. If that is the case, I am surprised the telescope was not invented sooner since they figured out how to amplify/magnify a small light source. They were on to something!
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03/03/2016 1:22 pm
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Palando
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Mirrors are even older, e.g. some were found in pyramids and Egyptian tombs. Well I think the problem with telescopes was, that the Romans already had conquered Greece and they simply weren't interested that much in astronomy - more in astrology. Imo the same applies to heat engines, because they thought Heron's heat engine was just a useless funny thing. Otherwise trains could have been possibile even back then :O.
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03/04/2016 3:00 pm
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TheSassySpatula
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You bring a good point with Heron's heat engine. Perhaps it could also be attributed to the fact that large scale metallurgy was not quite a thing yet? The amounts of iron needed to produce a rail system would be astronomical in those times where large scale foundries were probably not a thing (I should do more research on this subject actually) as well as the tools needed to develop and build such machines and systems.

It could also be a need -basis type of thing. For the Romans, they invested heavily in a well maintained and built stone road system that made trade easy. Perhaps they were simply content with the way things were at that point in time and simply did not see the potential in things like Heron's engine. Who knows, perhaps today there is something obscure that few know about that will one day be a huge phenomena simply out of necessity (Solar panel roads, artificial leaves, controlled hydrogen fusion, light sabers, asteroid mining, etc.)

Sorry I keep globbing on bits of text. This stuff is interesting to me :)
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03/09/2016 5:37 am
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Palando
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Sorry for answering so late. I forgot about it :S.

Iron wasn't that rare back then, but not that common like it was 150 years ago. However they should have been able to get enough for one rails to Spain, one to Gallia, one to Constantinople and maybe even to Alexandria. With at least those basic routes, they would have been able to transport their troops huge distances in a small time frame and the "small" rest could have been done with the old means of transport.

Furthermore Romans were better at copying technology from other nations, and since they already conquered Greece, the technological prosperity lessened (like you say, they were content with what they already had, and were far ahead of other unconquered nations like the Germans). Obviously, there is also just luck, i.e. trying the right things, getting the right idea and so on.
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02/14/2016 2:49 pm
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Kovalle
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It's impressive and very realistic !
And I'm glad you've posted a new construction! :)
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02/13/2016 12:22 pm
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fov360
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Fantastic interpretation - it's totally recognizable. Good job!
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02/13/2016 7:35 am
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Geo75
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Very good job :)
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02/13/2016 2:24 am
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GrayRemnant
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Excellent work!
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