Great feats of architecture built throughout history feature in this series of lectures, all of which are perfect examples in their cultures: the Parthenon in Athens, built to rule over the Acropolis; the Great Mosque of Córdoba, a symbol of the wealth of the Umayyad Caliphate in Al-Andalus; Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the spiritual home of the Byzantine Empire; the Kukulcán Pyramid (Chichén Itzá), a legacy of the Maya civilisation; the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, the most lively and richest example from the Italian Renaissance; the controversial Eiffel Tower, which went from being considered an “iron monster” to becoming a symbol of France and Paris; the Barcelona Pavilion, a canonical piece of modern architecture; and finally, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a landmark of the avant-garde and of twentieth-century urban renovation.
Art historians, archaeologists, architects, philologists and engineers will analyse the architecture of these monuments, their meaning, aesthetic perception in their time and the reasons why even today they are considered essential pieces that narrate the history of humanity.
This series will be streaming on Channel March: www.march.es/directo/?l=2
Lectures in this series
- Carmen Sánchez
The Great Mosque of CórdobaAntonio Almagro
Hagia SophiaPedro Bádenas
The Temple of Kukulkan (Chichén Itzá)Miguel Rivera Dorado
St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. A plural monumentFernando Marías
The Eiffel TowerMiguel Aguiló
The Barcelona PavilionLuis Fernández-Galiano
The Guggenheim Museum BilbaoLuis Fernández-Galiano