Lego Fun, Vol. XI: The Basilica Iulia !

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  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    The largest Basilica on the Forum Romanum was started by Julius Caesar in 54 BC and inaugurated by Augustus in 12 BC.

    Not much of it is left today so there are various interpretations about the exact layout of it's second floor gallery and the decoration for example.

    Anyway, here is my interpretation in 1:75 scale (including the seven columns added by Diocletian around 300 AD). I hope you like it and look forward to your assessment!





    (yes, I did not use the original floor mosaic pattern because I don´t like it - artistic freedom :) )


    And to keep this coin related, here are the Basilica Iulia´s builders, the DIVI FILIVS Octavian and his divine father Julius Caesar:

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    Have a great weekend everybody!!!
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Wow.. That's the best lego construction yet!
  4. Gavin Richardson

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  5. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Incredible! How many pieces and how many hours to achieve this ?
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  6. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Wow! Great job, JG!!
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  7. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    One of the best I've seen since that Rivendell model a few years ago.
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  8. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Outstanding - a real work of art!
  9. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Wow that is amazing. Mind blown.
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  10. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    unbelievable - that is quite a lego construction! (and a nice coin).
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  11. Etcherman

    Etcherman Member

    Very cool. Though the “rusticated” columns on the exterior don’t become fashionable until the reign of Claudius.
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  12. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    I would guess about 5.000 pieces and 200 hours, mostly research, design, and the hunt for certain parts.

    You must be right but one-piece-columns in tan colour are quite rare so I had to substitute them. I do however have the right number of the straight ones in stock, albeit built into a little model of the Parthenon where they fit quite well:


    I would either have do demolish that temple (would that be worth it?), use the "rusticated" columns there (would look worse due to the smaller scale, wouldn't it?) or order extra columns for 20 Euros from Poland via Bricklink (I do have more Lego than anyone with a sane mind can need, but the pieces you "need" are always the ones you don't have in sufficient numbers or those you used somewhere else :woot:).
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  13. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    That is quite an impressive build @Julius Germanicus. I bet you’ve spent quite the amount of money and time on Bricklink looking for all those metallic gold/silver elements.
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  14. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Sure you can demolish the temple and raid the remains for some good old fashioned “spolia!”
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  15. Shea19

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  17. Thank you for sharing! Wow, just wow! Excellent work, skill, tenacity, imagination, artistry, and creativity. Really brings the glory of Rome to life, even with this one impressive building.
  18. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    We are all, and I certainly am, very impressed. What a gorgeous construction! I can see that it took a great dealing of planning to make it come out so balanced and beautiful.

    Now you need an addition to your house where you can have enough flat surfaces to keep your collection of lego buildings. One thing I like about collecting coins is they are pretty small and don't take up a lot of space (although I can't say that about my ancient-coin library). You could rename that building "the treasury" and fit a large collection in it!
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  20. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Absolutely fantastic, great job. I love these Lego builds you do.
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  21. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Fabulous work, thanks for sharing

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