BBC: Masterpieces of World Architecture
Historian and scientist Dan Krikshank invites viewers to make a fascinating and informative voyage through the most famous architectural monuments that have had a huge impact on the history of mankind, delighted us and changed our perception of the world.
Comparing buildings that are completely different in style, you will see how skillfully they were made, how they are connected with each other, and you will be amazed at how strongly the aspirations and beliefs of people are reflected in them.
Series 1: Beauty / Beauty
Viewers will get acquainted with the Indian Temple of the Sun in Konarak, a visit to the Gothic Albi Cathedral in France, a tour of the large Catherine Palace in Russia and a story about Inuit culture.
Episode 2: Death
This series tells about the darkest mystical places on the planet: the church of human bones in Bohemia, the tomb of the Egyptian queen, the ancient cemetery in Genoa, the ruins of the Mayan city in Guatemala and the sacred city of Varanasi in India, where people come to die.
Episode 3: Paradise
In search of an earthly paradise, Dan will visit the world’s oldest Christian monastery; one of the most sacred places in China, where the Hanging Temple is located; a tiny island in northwestern Russia – Kizhi and the largest Hindu temple in southern India.
Episode 4: Disasters
Our journey will take you through Dresden with its magnificent 18th century architecture; Syria, where one of the greatest cities in the world, Palmyra, once stood; one of the most beautiful cities in America – San Francisco; Afghan Jam minaret is a real architectural masterpiece of the Islamic world.
Series 5: Connections
Viewers will travel to one of the oldest cities in the center of the Middle East, Damascus, a tour of the city of skyscrapers in New York, a visit to one of the most daring architectural structures in Brazil and the Dharavi district in Mumbai.
Episode 6: Power
In this series, you will find a story about the sacred land for Jews, Christians and Muslims on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, a visit to Bucharest in Romania and New Orleans in the USA, a visit to the Sultan’s harem in Turkey.
Episode 7: Dreams
We are waiting for a fascinating excursion across Yemen, some buildings of which anticipated new trends in architecture; a visit to the Dominican Republic and a story about the history of architecture in Philadelphia. In addition, we will visit the Kingdom of Bhutan, hidden in the Himalayas, where people tried to preserve the past at the expense of soulless demands for modernization.
Episode 8: Pleasure
In this episode, we will try to see how people enjoy architecture: visit the luxurious Taj Hotel in Mumbai; the extravagant Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria; the famous Teatro Amazonas in Brazil and the exquisite example of the work of Andrea Palladio in Italy – Villa Barbaro.