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The Great Lighthouse of Alexandria


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The Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the longest standing of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For a substantial period of time, it was one of the tallest structure in the world—Estimated to be around four hundred and fifty feet tall. Built around 250 BC, the Lighthouse stood for over a thousand years until it was badly damaged in an Earthquake around the year 1000 AD. Remnants of the lighthouse remained until two more earthquakes in the fourteenth century reduced it to rubble. Towards the end of the fifteenth century, the last remaining stone was used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay and the Lighthouse's near 2000 year legacy ended. 

The descriptions we have of the Lighthouse are fairly consistent and specific for a building of that era, giving us an accurate depiction of what the magnificent Lighthouse may have looked like.  Quite frankly, it's shocking that it hasn't been depicted in an official Lego set yet. The Lighthouse would make a wonderful set in the vein of the 
architecture or creator expert series, and would look absolutely gorgeous sitting on a shelf. 

My model here uses roughly 900 pieces and a set of this scale would probably cost $80. The model stands approximately 13.5 inches tall and the base is nearly 9 inches by 9 inches. It's lovely detail and colors, in addition the the imposing scale, would make for an excellent display model.

The Lighthouse is most certainly called The Great Lighthouse for a reason . . . I hope you guys find it as fascinating as I do!

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