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Greek Hexastyle Temple
Ancient Greek Hexastyle Doric Temple constructed and dedicated to Hera at around 450 BC.
About this creation
This is a classical Greek Doric Temple with six columns across the front. While the Greek temple is a relatively simple structure, I greatly admire the proprotions and the craftmanship that went into their construction.


The temple represents a typical example from around 450 BC. Earlier temples had more closely spaced columns with a heavy entablature. Later temples such as the Parthenon were more elegantly proportioned. While there are always inaccuracies when modeling with Lego, I have attempted to at least get close to the orginal design.
Design Features:


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  • The temple's peristyle follows the standard formula: the number of columns on each side of the peristyle equals 2 x N + 1 where N is the number of columns on each end.

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  • Alternating triglyphs are centered above each column. These are represented by the vertically oriented modified Lego plates with the three bars.

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  • Corner columns are slightly closer to adjoning columns (by 1/2 a stud) than the standard spacing. The Greeks did this so the triglyphs could appear on the corners without increasing the width of the metopes.

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  • Temple is built on a stylobate of 3 steps.


Design Inaccuracies:


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  • Doric columns do not have bases. I was also unable to figure out how to create doric capitals.

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  • Doric columns are fluted. It would be nice if the Lego company manufactured fluted columns!

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  • The slope of the temple roof is a bit too steep. Having a lot of 33 degree slopes and almost none of the 18 degree slopes decided the issue.

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  • In their original state, many Greek temples were polychromatic. I have not seen a restored temple with its original colors; today people are used to (and are more comfortable with) the color of the stone or marble.





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   Overview of the Temple of Hera. Lego model dimensions (length x width x height) : 61 x 28 x 25.5 cm (24 x 11 x 10 inches).



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   The temple roof is a bit steeper than the original prototype.



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   Tourists pose for a Kodak moment in front of the temple.



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   Two inner columns flank the entrance to the cella.



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   Note that every other triglyph is centered over a column.



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   The corner columns are closer to the adjoining columns than the distance between any two non-corner columns so that all metopes can remain the same width.



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   Most if not all Greek temples are missing their roofs since the wooden timbers used to support them did not survive the more than 2000 years since they were built.



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   Unlike Roman temples which were often built on tall pedastals, Greek temples stood on a low stylobate which usually consisted of three steps.



Comments

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  January 21, 2012
AWESOME PARTHANON!!
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  June 10, 2011
First of all, for custom creations, the best place to obtain the LEGO is bricklink.com (its free to sigh up - of course you have to pay for any LEGO you order). LEGO generally enforces fixed system of proportions based on the stud and the height of the brick. However LEGO has some parts such as the "jumper" plate (bricklink part# 3794. I used these to offset all columns except the corner columns by 1/2 stud. You can create the columns either by using the one piece columns (support: 2 x 2 x 11 solid Pillar # 6168c01) or individual round bricks with give you the choice of smooth (# 3941) or fluted (# 92947). The columns are 2 studs in diameter and 11 bricks high. The spaces between the columns are 4 studs except for the corner columns and adjacent columns which are 3.5 studs apart (I put 2 jumper plates on the stylobyte instead of a norma plate so I could attach the columns 1/2 stud offset from the rest of the building. The Cella is constructed of normal LEGO bricks, the triglyphs use the "headlight"(#4070) bricks with grill tiles, modified (# 2412b) attached, and the roof uses normal LEGO slopes or roof blocks (33 degree angle in this case). I never made any plans or LEGO CAD drawings so good luck!
Quoting Sylvain LAINEY Hello,Iím a math teacher. Iíd like to create an activity ,for my teenager students : doing the same construction as yours. I believe this would be a fun way to learn the math behind the construction. Could you give me a hand ? Telling me more about how youíve done ? Such as : what are the precise pieces needed, the scale you chose, Ö I guess the more you are willing to tell me, the easiest itís going to be for me. Iím not used to lego constructions, for now. It would be very nice of you to give me the keys of your construction. Thanks. Sylvain L
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  June 9, 2011
Hello,Iím a math teacher. Iíd like to create an activity ,for my teenager students : doing the same construction as yours. I believe this would be a fun way to learn the math behind the construction. Could you give me a hand ? Telling me more about how youíve done ? Such as : what are the precise pieces needed, the scale you chose, Ö I guess the more you are willing to tell me, the easiest itís going to be for me. Iím not used to lego constructions, for now. It would be very nice of you to give me the keys of your construction. Thanks. Sylvain L
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  May 12, 2009
I am looking to build a greek temple as part of a bigger project. Can you tell me how you did it?
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  February 14, 2009
It is fantastic. My family are all lego crazy. My son build a house and garage over christmas, and we all joined in. Do you have instructions for your creation? if so could you please forward to me. Many thanks. Lisa and James.
Jim Garrett
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Lanna Broyles
  January 5, 2009
My son would love to recreate this look for a school project. Do you have instructions?
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  January 2, 2008
Awesome! I made a temple like this only mini sized.
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  January 21, 2007
That is one awesome temple. I love ancient Greece.
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  November 6, 2006
cool design!
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  February 11, 2005
I like it its good, but a inside shot would be cool if you could do it.
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  November 10, 2004
Even though you make a point to show where it's innacurate, this is a very nice looking MOC. I'd like an interrior shot though, just for fun :)
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  November 10, 2004
It's great to see the ancient world redone in LEGO. The temple looks very smooth and sober. Love the white roof of the structure. To bad even this LEGO creation is "invaded" by Tourists ;) Casper
 
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