Colosseum In Greek Architecture

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Architecture is very closely tied to power, most commonly to political power. Architecture is the design of space, providing “a model for the system of structural thought used by a society to conceptualize the world.”3 Architecture is able to establish and signify power, especially with monumental architecture. It exhibits the power of people who created it, together with the nature of that power. In the reformation of Germany, Nazi architecture was very often dismissed or derided although it was believed by Albert Speer, Hitler’s lead architect, to be “central to the Nazi project”17 and had set the tone of the new ruling party. The visual and spatial effect of monumental buildings created was intended to intimidate people and to showcase the …show more content…

It was designed to sit 50,000 people who have been there for the rally. With its horseshoe shaped design, the Congress Hall was modelled after the Colosseum in Rome—also built to accommodate about 50,000 people—with the rounded edge of the Congress Hall looking very much like that of the Colosseum. The Colosseum was of significance in the Roman times due to the fresh engineering and architectural techniques in the construction of the building. It presented the intellect of the Romans at that time. On top of that, the Colosseum was “a symbol of not only Roman strength and power but also violence”20 Many marvelling events were also held there. The Nazis had planned to build the Congress Hall with dimensions that surpassed that of the Colosseum. Given that the size and construct of the Colosseum had impressed many and managed to withstand the test of time and destruction, the Nazis had intended to create a building that would do the same, but at a larger scale to display their power and status. The Congress Hall was eventually not complete, ceasing construction in 1945 during the defeat of the Nazi Regime but it still remains to be the largest surviving building of the Nazi

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