Most viewed | This is how the most emblematic monuments in history would be if they had survived until today


We published this article on Yahoo in Spanish in October from 2021 when the story went viral on social media and was published by other international media. We are showing it to our users again because it was one of the most viewed stories and commented on our site throughout the year.

Large buildings have always exercised a particular fascination with human beings, especially those who represent ancient civilizations now lost. Some have partially survived to this day and their ruins can be seen; others, on the other hand, we only have descriptions. Others did not even exist and are part of the mythical imagination.

What would all these architectural wonders look like today? Thanks to the Russian artist Evgeny Kazantsev one can get a pretty good idea of ​​what these monuments would look like if they had been preserved in all their splendor.

The Wonders of the World series was created by Kazantsev to order to illustrate a calendar of the insurance company Gefest Insurance Company. However, the quality of the illustrations made them true works of art in their own right.

The work goes beyond the reconstruction of monuments as they were originally believed: the artist not only resuscitated them, but also placed them within the parameters of today’s world. So, one can imagine modern tourists visiting the great statue of zeus from olympia or the mythical Babel Tower towering majestically from a sea of ​​skyscrapers.

The artist reconstructed the famous Giza sphincter, giving it back its lost nose and its original colors, but surrounded by the pyramids as they still exist today.

This is what the Acropolis, with modern Athens in the background, if it had been preserved intact.

Imagine what it would be like to drive down a road and meet the great temple of petra on a sidewalk.

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