Animated GIFs ‘Reconstruct’ Famous Ancient Ruins Around the World

The Parthenon Reconstructed

The Parthenon. Athens, Greece. 432 BC.

Incredible ancient wonders like The Parthenon in Athens and Egypt's Luxor Temple are reminders of the glories of past cultures. But often, it can be difficult to imagine how these architectural masterpieces looked in their heyday. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Expedia, NeoMam and This is Render take us from ruins to finished structures with a stunning—and educational—set of GIFs.

Looking across these formidable architectural styles, from Pre-Columbian and Egyptian to Roman, it's a reminder of the incredible amount of work that went into building these ancient monuments. Acting as animated flip books, we're able to see the vibrant colors that once adorned the facade of the Parthenon, as well as the large statues that guarded the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt.

Whether you've visited these sites previously or have them on your bucket list, the GIFs are a fantastic way to pay homage to the skills and ingenuity of historical societies.

Expedia commissioned 7 GIFs as architectural visualizations to demonstrate the glory of ancient ruins around the world.

Luxor Temple Egyptian Architecture

Luxor Temple. Luxor, Egypt. 1380 BC.

The Pyramid of the Sun Teotihuacán Mexico

The Pyramid of the Sun. Teotihuacán, Mexico. 200 CE

Hadrian's Wall Reconstructed

Hadrian's Wall. Northumberland, England. 100 AD.

reconstruction of Largo Argentina Rome, Italy

Temple in the Largo Argentina Area Sacra. Rome, Italy. 101 BC

Temple of Jupiter Pompeii Reconstruction

Temple of Jupiter. Pompeii, Italy. 200 BC.

Nohoch Mul Pyramid (Coba) Mexico

Nohoch Mul Pyramid (Coba). Quintana Roo, Mexico. 100 BC-100 AD.

h/t: [designboom]

All images via Expedia.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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