Art and Architecture on my bucket list

This gallery comprises of works of art and architecture I would like to eventually travel to see. 

Located on the famous Giza Plateau, overlooking Cairo, Egypt, the Sphinx was long believed to be built by the Pharaoh Khufu--the same Pharaoh attributed with the construction of the Great Pyramids. While many archeologists have dated the Sphinx to approximately 2500 BCE, several mainstream geologists have posited that the evidence of extensive rainfall on the limestone sediment could actually date the sphinx as far back as the last ice age--roughly 12,000 years before the present! These mid-19th century photos of the Sphinx are testament to the storied history of the ancient (possibly pre-historical) monument. The Sphinx has remained buried for the majority of its life. Consider that even in Cleopatra's time, the monument was more ancient to her than she is to us.
Carl Mydans' 1965 depiction of the Moai of Easter Island captures just a handful of the limestone and granite monolithic structures that number in the thousands on one of Earth's most remote locations, in the Pacific Ocean. These massive structures were once believed to be resting on the surface of the ground. Recent excavation efforts, however, have uncovered large bodies, deep below the surface.
Robert's painting of the Ruins of the Temple of Bacchus is just one depiction of the many unfinished structures located in the Ancient Roman temple complex in the present-day city of Baalbek, Lebanon. The temple complex at Baalbek is characteristic of the Roman tendency to build upon existing structures within conquered regions. In addition to the Temple of Bacchus, the complex hosts the Temple of Venus, and the Temple of Jupiter--which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Mostly in ruins today, the monolithic remains of these structures are surely a sight to behold.
La Sagrada Familia, a church located in the cultural treasure trove of Barcelona, Spain, has been under construction for over 100 years. Originally the brainchild of the rather untraditional architect, Antoni Gaudi, the church's unique style is actually inspired by the finger-like slopes of the mountain ranges that surround Catalan, Spain. While Gaudi was unfortunately mortally wounded in a Streetcar accident in 1926, construction continues to this very day.
Stonehenge is just one of the world's ancient monolithic sites known for its ability to captivate onlookers with a sense of mystery. Located in southwest England, the site is thought to be 8,000 - 10,000 years old. Theories as to its purpose and function, as well as its creators abound.
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