The Mausoleum is freely inspired from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Built in the port city of Halicarnassus (modern-day Bodrum) around 350 BC, it was the tomb of Mausolus, king of Caria, a kingdom located in the west of modern-day Turkey. According to legend, it would be Mausole's wife, Artemisia, who ordered its construction to honour her late husband one last time. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus completely disappeared in the 15th century following earthquakes and looting.
Passionate about Antiquity, I wanted to recreate this wonder with authentic Lego® bricks. I think the theme of Ancient Greece and the 7 Wonders of the World would be interesting to add.
My project takes up the main lines of the original monument:
- A portico opens on the lower part of the building, which contains the treasure room.
- The colonnade offers a 360° elevated view to observe the city and the sea.
- A pyramid serves as the roof of the colonnade. It is inspired by the pyramids built by the Egyptians.
- A majestic quadriga dominates the building. The chariot is drawn by four horses and represents Mausolus and Artemisia.
The whole monument takes its style from Ancient Greece. Like the original, the model I am presenting to you is decorated, with many tridents in particular. This is the attribute of the Greek god of the seas: Poseidon, which echoes the proximity of the mausoleum with the Mediterranean. Fish complete this aquatic motif.
This set has many advantages: its dimensions are harmonious and reasonable (approximately 33 cm x 21 cm x 16 cm or 13'' x 8,7'' x 6,3'' h x l x w), it can be used as a play set for the youngest but also as a construction game and an artwork for the older ones. On the top of that, it is possible to lift the pyramidal part of the monument to be able to access the colonnade from above.
Contains two minifigures : King Mausolus ans Queen Artemisia.
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