Ancient Megastructures Season 1
S01 E01Mar 11, 2011
The Colosseum Mar 11, 2011 Follow the dramatic story behind the building of the Colosseum in Ancient Rome. The Romans used innovative technology that we still use today, but the money to pay for the project enslaved the nation.
S01 E02Mar 18, 2011
The Great Pyramid Mar 18, 2011 The Great Pyramid of Giza is 4,500 years old. It's the only ancient wonder of the world still standing. To cut and move the 2 million stones needed to build it would involve the whole Egyptian state.
S01 E03Mar 25, 2011
Chartres Cathedral Mar 25, 2011 Building the Chartres Cathedral pushed construction techniques to the limit, but behind this engineering triumph lies a dark story of violence, political double-dealing and destruction.
S01 E04Nov 6, 2019
St. Paul's Cathedral Nov 6, 2019 St. Paul's Cathedral From the ashes of London's Great Fire in 1666 rises Christopher Wren's daring architectural vision. As England's first Baroque cathedral, St Paul's is an icon to rival the grandeur of ancient Rome.
S01 E05Apr 8, 2011
The Alhambra Apr 8, 2011 The Alhambra is the greatest example of Islamic military architecture in Europe. Sultan Muhammad I constructed this ingenious, impregnable fortress in 1238 amid treacherous political betrayals.
S01 E06Apr 15, 2011
Petra Apr 15, 2011 Carved into the side of a narrow gorge in the unforgiving deserts of Petra in modern day Jordan, the ancient Nabataeans turned engineering on its head to create their glorious royal city, Khazneh.
S01 E07Apr 22, 2011
Machu Picchu Apr 22, 2011 Machu Picchu Built using techniques that surpass modern ones, the temples, altars and residences of Machu Picchu have resisted torrential rains, landslides and earth tremors since being abandoned by the Incas.
S01 E08Apr 29, 2011
Angkor Wat Apr 29, 2011 Hidden deep in Cambodia's jungles, the temple of Angkor Wat is a towering monument to the Hindu god Vishnu, belying its origins as the mausoleum for a usurper king who murdered his great uncle.
S01 E09May 6, 2011
Istanbul's Hagia Sophia May 6, 2011 Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Fiery Roman Emperor Justinian ordered the rebuilding of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul almost 1500 years ago. Modern science now uncovers the secret to this vast golden dome's longevity.
S01 E10Jun 25, 2020
Teotihuacan Jun 25, 2020
Canal of Suez
St Peter of Roma