― ogmor, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 19:19 (nine years ago) link
Old Ottoman building in Suakin
― ogmor, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 19:27 (nine years ago) link
Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
― ogmor, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 19:49 (nine years ago) link
Paestum, Μεγάλη Ἑλλάς
― già, ya, déjà, ja, yeah, whatever... (Michael White), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 19:58 (nine years ago) link
Damn, Ethiopian ruins are some fine ruins, but that ruined town of Djado is like something out of a dream! There's something almost alive about those tiny jumbled dead windows watching you.
Some fine contributions to the thread, ogmor.
― BLEEEEEEE Monday (Branwell Bell), Tuesday, 1 April 2014 20:32 (nine years ago) link
Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, before it got restored. The latter photo is one of Prokudin-Gorsky's early colour photos from 1907
Not all ruined, but the Cappadocian cave dwellings are v fantastical, something of Gaudi about them.
― ogmor, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 22:02 (nine years ago) link
OMG! The Cappadocian Fairy Chimney houses are some of my favourite things in the world, ever! Not even ruins, but still have that "is this a real place? did this simply grow from the rocks?" feeling about them.
― BLEEEEEEE Monday (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 06:00 (nine years ago) link
How can you not want to live in these things?
But, also, LOL:
― BLEEEEEEE Monday (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 06:08 (nine years ago) link
Huh, didn't realise Ledge went to St Andrews, which is my home (and one of my Alma Maters).
― The Whittrick and Puddock (dowd), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 08:02 (nine years ago) link
Ani, abandoned Armenian city just inside modern Turkey
― ogmor, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 19:47 (nine years ago) link
there are so many gorgeous rock-hewn buildings or settlements built into the rock (dogon villages in mali, guyaju ruins in beijing, lalibela in ethiopia, elvis posted mesa verde &c. upthread), feel like a lot of ruin lust comes from a troglodyte love of stone
― ogmor, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 20:07 (nine years ago) link
Troglodyte love of stones vs atavistic love of treehouses: FITE!
― Branwell Bell, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 21:42 (nine years ago) link
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 16:41 (nine years ago) link
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 16:42 (nine years ago) link
Awesome. Feel like this thread could do with a lot more Egyptian ruins, TBH.
Ur-ruins and ruins of Ur. (Wait actually Ur is nowhere near Egypt, was it? Euphrates more like.)
― Branwell Bell, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:10 (nine years ago) link
the pre-columbian americas own this thread, that's just me though.
saqsayhuaman near cusco, peru:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Walls_at_Sacsayhuaman.jpg
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:13 (nine years ago) link
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:14 (nine years ago) link
ollantaytambo, another inca site. these monoliths are about 12 feet tall. the spanish tried to destroy them but they were too big:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Ollantaytambo_Monolithen.jpg
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:21 (nine years ago) link
and machu picchu, which everyone knows the majesty of:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Machu_Picchu_early_morning.JPGmost amazing place i've ever been
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:24 (nine years ago) link
teotihuacan about an hour outside of mexico city - these pyramids are basically about the size of the more famous egyptian pyramids:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/View_from_Pyramide_de_la_luna.jpg
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:30 (nine years ago) link
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:31 (nine years ago) link
incan stonework is amazing
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:48 (nine years ago) link
chichen itza equinox snake
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:53 (nine years ago) link
This one is like...
How did they DO that? Is that dry stonewalling? The shapes of those blocks, in that immense size? Truly awe inspiring!
(Love those pyramids; I did a comic last summer with them as background)
― Branwell Bell, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:54 (nine years ago) link
iirc it is all dry stone walling done w/ amazing carving and a plumb bob
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:59 (nine years ago) link
yea it's remarkable.
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:20 (nine years ago) link
this is a wall in cuzco, peru. there are TWELVE (12!) angles on this large stone:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Mur_Inca_Cuzco.jpg
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:21 (nine years ago) link
also when i said the pyramids of teotihuacan were as large as the egyptian pyramids, i obviously meant the two big ones, not the smaller ones that decorate the avenue
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:24 (nine years ago) link
yeah, inca stonework is insane.
the spanish tried to destroy them but they were too big
portions of cuzco are basically colonial building on top of inca foundations- when the earthquakes come, guess which part persists?
― ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Monday, 7 April 2014 18:35 (nine years ago) link
Peruvian crazy paving!
― Branwell Bell, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:35 (nine years ago) link
also interesting to think that these buildings were created without wheels to move materials
― marcos, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:38 (nine years ago) link
suspect the method arose from that lack of mobility. greeks built wooden wheels round their pillar segments and moved them into position. i think egyptian, meroitic & axumite monoliths were all carved at the quarry & moved on rollers
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 18:46 (nine years ago) link
vijayanagara, first photo is elephant stables
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 20:06 (nine years ago) link
bishop's palace, wells, england
― ogmor, Monday, 7 April 2014 20:10 (nine years ago) link
OMG I want elephant stables now.
― Branwell Bell, Monday, 7 April 2014 20:30 (nine years ago) link
The manure-removal bills alone would ruin one.
― già, ya, déjà, ja, yeah, whatever... (Michael White), Monday, 7 April 2014 20:37 (nine years ago) link
I thought this was a gollum thread like "It ruins us - it RUINS us!"
― Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Monday, 7 April 2014 20:40 (nine years ago) link
las khorey, somalia
― ogmor, Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:46 (nine years ago) link
― ogmor, Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:56 (nine years ago) link
― ogmor, Saturday, 24 January 2015 19:51 (eight years ago) link
nan madol, micronesia
― ogmor, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:23 (six years ago) link
― ogmor, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:35 (six years ago) link
old photos of old ruins takes it over the top...
― ogmor, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:55 (six years ago) link
I agree with marcos that pre-Columbian Americas definitely bring the ruination mojo.
I very much liked Uxmal, in the Yucatan, particularly the may the Magician's Pyramid comes up out of the trees like O HAI THERE
― troops in djibouti (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:12 (six years ago) link
is that the one in star wars?
― ogmor, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:58 (six years ago) link
No, apparently that was Tikal (learned this just now from, ugh, Wookieepedia)
― troops in djibouti (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:17 (six years ago) link
very taken with this filipino watch tower
― ogmor, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:25 (four years ago) link
al-waqfa 'ala al-atlal
― pomenitul, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:27 (four years ago) link