Architecture of the Imagination

 

 

 Architecture of the Imagination

Throughout our Realm and across the Earth we have amazing architectural buildings that are the perfection of art. Our Old World Cities were created with sacred geometry, flawlessly constructed with ratios and perspectives, grand structures of brick and stone that still stand strong today as monuments of a lost world, even though most were constructed during the 1800's we are told. We are just relearning how to replicate these marvelous buildings today. Before the earliest recollection of humans- before the ancient civilization, before antiquity, back into the time of the gods, there are iconic buildings that were built either by magic or the hands of giants. In our modern fantasy we have castles and palaces, Elf temples and Dwarf cities that abound in the same architecture, they are all described as being created with magic. As we compare these fantastic structures with the cities of our Old World we may discover that they are not fantasy after all. In our modern world the architecture we find all over the earth are a part of our consciousness, even though few are able to see, and even less realize their significance- it makes us wonder if they too were created with magic, or by the hand of giants. Only from the Architects imagination could these buildings have originated.

Part One: Before Antiquity

Atlantis- National Geographic

Mu civilization

Augustus Le Plongeon
The mythical lost continent of Mu was first introduced into our collective consciousness by Augustus Le Plongeon in 1864, after his investigation of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, but used The Land of Mu only as a reference to Atlantis. He described Mu as being older than Egypt and Greece- claiming Egypt was founded by Queen Moo, who was a refugee of Mu after the cataclysm that destroyed it in a single night. He also claimed other survivors of the catastrophe went to Central America and became the Maya. Le Plongeon stood by his theories until his death in 1908 and defended them against all who would challenge him. Eventually his work became marginalized as his theories fell outside the acceptable mainstream views of the Maya. Other writers like Ignatius L. Donnelly  and Helena Blavatsky carried on his ideas.

 

 

Most of what we know today about Mu comes from James Churchward who wrote 3 books on the subject at the age of 75- 'The Lost Continent of Mu: The Motherland of Man' in 1926, 'The Children of Mu' in 1931, and 'The Sacred Symbols of Mu' in 1933. They are still in publication today. The Lost Continent of Mu- pdf



Churchward asserted while in India as a soldier, he befriended a high ranking priest who showed him a set of ancient clay tablets in the long lost language of the 'Nagas-Maya'. Churchward claimed his scientific research was based on the Nagas-Maya tablets- which he said came from Mu itself, as well as a collection of 2500 stone tablets- The Niven Tablets, uncovered in 1821 by William Niven in Mexico.

Churchward gives a clear description of Mu being located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and was the home of the advanced civilization of the Naacal- who existed from 50,000 years ago, to its demise in a single night 12,000 years ago. He said Mu had a population of 64 million people, who were separated into 10 tribes with 7 major cities. Countries like India, Babylon, Persia, Egypt and the Mayas were colonies of Mu- where they followed one government and one religion. He claimed that the lost continent of Mu was the origin of all the great civilizations of our past, including Atlantis and Lemuria, and was the source of all the megalithic architecture.  His evidence points to all the corresponding symbols around the world between earth and sky, especially in the Sun which he claimed was a universal symbol that came from Mu.  

The Lost Civilization of Mu can now be experience throughout our Pop-culture, such as in video games like Final Fantasy Legend 3- which includes a flooded town called Muu that is caught between the past and future within the game play. Many movies have been made on Mu as far back as 1935's 'The Phantom Empire', and was Godzilla's home in the 2019 movie 'Godzilla: King of Monsters'. H.P. Lovecraft included it in his mythos on Cthulhu, and also Andre Norton uses it for the setting in his 1967 novel, 'Operation Time Search', where the protagonist is thrown back in time and witnesses the war between Atlantis and Mu. Led Zeppelin even included the 'Feather Symbol of Mu' on their album sleeve Led Zeppelin IV in 1971.


 Atlantis  

Atlantis- as everyone knows- has come to us through the aeons from Plato's writings the 'Timaeus' and 'Critias' in 360 BC, where he describes Atlantis as a military power beyond the Pillars of Hercules- of which he learned from Solon. Plato actually said very little about the lost continent in his writings, so it's amazing how it has become such an integral part of our culture, as if the knowledge has somehow been genetically passed down to us, as if collectively we know it did once exist- or, at the very least, hope it did so somehow our civilization might make sense.
 


In the Critias, Plato tells us the Deities of Old divided the Earth among themselves, and treated humans like sheep to be cared for by instruction and persuasion. Evenor and Leicippe were the original inhabitants of the land, and lived on a low hill in the center of the island before it was named Atlantis. Poseidon- may be a different Poseidon than the one in the 12 Olympians of Greek Mythology (there were many Poseidon's), fell in love with a mortal woman as all gods do. Cleito- the only daughter of Evenor and Leicippe, quickly gave birth to five pairs of male twins. When Evenor and Leicippe died Poseidon inherited the island.

Poseidon carved the mountain where his love dwelt into a palace and encircled it with 3 increasing in circumference, circular moats. Poseidon than crowned his eldest son Atlas king over the island, and named the island 'Atlantis- meaning island of Atlas'. He named the surrounding ocean 'Atlantic', of which we still use today- meaning ocean of Atlas. The etymology of the name Atlas is still debated among scholars today, but most think the word is of Proto-Indo-European origin- meaning 'to uphold or to support'.

Poseidon gave his other sons, "rule over many men, and large territories." Atlas' twin, Gadeirus received the lands east on the island, closest to the Pillars of Hercules. Plato then describes the Atlanteans constructing great canals to the ocean, with huge spanning bridges that went northward from the mountain. They carved tunnels and docks into the hard rock so ships could pass through into the city. Every passage into Atlantis was guarded by high gates and tall towers. A wall surrounded each ring of the metropolis made from red, white and black stone quarried from the moats, and were covered with brass, tin and the mythical metal orichalch- mountain-copper that sparkled like fire (or orichalcum but Manly P. Hall spells the word orichalch so that's what I will use). Manly P. Hall- The Philosophical Research Society
 
All around the concentric circles of the city elaborate domed palaces, castles shaped like stars, and cathedrals with spires that reached into the sky would have been everywhere. The Atlanteans blended the colourful bricks of stone for aesthetics and used brass like plaster for a facade. The architecture would have flowed in sacred geometry, harvesting the natural aether energy of the earth by some unknown magic and alchemical knowledge.  Gardens and vast plantations of different species of trees flourished within the walls. Fountains of clear water were under the open sky, and hot baths beneath crystal roofs could be used for the discretion of the multitudes of inhabitants. Temples to various gods and goddesses filled Atlantis, and there was a hippodrome within the entire circumference of the middle wall encircling the city for horse racing.
At the heart of the city of Atlantis- where the original mountain would have been with the palace Poseidon built for Cleito, stood the 'Temple of Poseidon'. Some researchers believe it was a ziggurat, and was the first representation of the sacred mountain- Mt. Meru: the Cosmic mountain.
    
  

 
The Temple of Poseidon is described as being entirely covered in silver with pinnicles of gold, and  a roof of pure ivory. A wall of gold surrounded the large complex, decorated with massive golden statues of the first 10 rulers of Atlantis and their wives.
 

 

The interior of the temple, finished in ivory, gold, silver, and orichalch, was told to be the grandest ever constructed. A colossal effigy of Poseidon, standing in his chariot, driving 6 winged horses, towered above everything to the roof, and was surrounded by 100 sea nymphs- the  Nereid. daughter's of the sea god Nereus, riding golden dolphins. 

The Secret Teachings of all Ages- Manly P. Hall 

 

 




Atlas and his 9 brothers would have ruled for thousands of years, because a civilization like Atlantis couldn't have grown up over night, and they were demigods. Sadly, Plato doesn't tell us in his narrative how long the Son's of Poseidon ruled. We are told about an earlier writing that Plato drew inspiration other than Solon- Hellanicus of Lesbos in 490 BC tells of the daughter's of Atlas, but only fragments remain of Hellanicus' writings. We also have a story from Greek mythology about Basilea- the first Queen of Atlantis, who became known as 'The Great Mother'.

 

The 3 most important laws established by Poseidon for the 10 kings of Atlantis to follow were inscribed on an obelisk of orichalch at the temple of Poseidon. 1. Never create war against one another.   2. Protect the line of Atlas at all cost, and 3. Deliberate together on all matters. "For many generations, as long as the divine lasted in them, they were obedient to the laws, and well-affectioned towards the gods, who's seed they were; for they possessed true and in every way great spirits, uniting gentleness with wisdom in the various chances of life, and in their intercourse with one another." Atlantis became the greatest of all civilizations, all others in history have fallen short in comparison- especially ours.

As all good tragedies go- Plato tells us while the eons passed for Atlantis, the divine nature dwindled as the line of Atlas became corrupted by mortal blood. The kings of Atlantis followed their human nature and established an empire that controlled most of the Mediterranean and the European continent- if Plato had known he would have included North and South America. They subjected the people to slavery, treating them harshly in order to increase their wealth, and war was the eventuality. I think Plato got that wrong- it was their conflicting divine nature that drove them to create an empire, the kings of Atlantis would have believed themselves to be gods. 
 
The end came swiftly for Atlantis, as Zeus- the weather god of the Greek panthion rose up in judgement against the island. "Yet inwardly they were filled with an unjust lust for possessions and power. But as Zeus, god of the gods, reigning as king according to law, could clearly see the state of affairs, he observed this noble race lying in this abject state and resolved to punish them and make them more careful and harmonious as a result of their chastisement. To this end he called all the gods to their most honoured abode, which stands in the middle of the universe and looks down upon all that has a share in generation (perhaps a crystal palace). And with that he had gathered them together he said..." What Zeus said to his fellow gods to bring about such a terrible cataclysm, and revert the human race to the stone age, we can only imagine as Plato ends the Critias at that point, he doesn't tell us what Zeus said. But Plato began his dialogue on Atlantis with the end. At the very beginning he tells us, 'Atlantis sake beneath the Atlantic Ocean in a single night'. Ancient History Encyclopedia- Atlantis
 
When the Atlantean Empire Attacked- Robert Sepehr
 
 

Temples of Poseidon

Today the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon are at Cape Sounion, perched on the headlands and surrounded by the sea on 3 sides south east of Athens, Greece. We are told the original temple was constructed during the early 5th century BCE, that was built around an alter dedicated to Poseidon and two large male statues- called Kouroi that were already there, but was destroyed before completion by the Persian invasion in 480 BCE. Construction began on the one that still stands today in 448 BCE, and completed in 440 BCE. 

 
 
We are told the Architect is unknown, but the architecture of The Temple of Poseidon is similar to other temples, such as The Temple of Ares, The Temple of Hephaestus, and The Temple of Nemesis, so archeologists conclude they had the same creator.
   
The Ancients flattened the top of the mountain, and used local marble, as well as remnants from the original temple for the 420 sq meter (1375 sq feet) foundation. 34 polished, white marble columns surrounded the outer colonnade to the height of  6.1 meter (20 ft), with a diameter of 1 meter (3 ft) at the base, tapering to 79 cm (31 inches) at the top, that supported a peaked roof of marble and limestone. The entrance was a marble and limestone Doric portico, with three giant doors that went through the inner colonnade, into the windowless rectangular sanctuary. At the far end of the hall of worship would have been a colossal, bronze effigy of the god Poseidon, that ascended to the height of the 6.1 meter (20ft) tall ceiling. 
 
 
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We in fact have many replicas of Poseidon's temple all over the world today, such as the neoclassical, greek revival architecture of the British Museum, in London England. Constructed by architect, Robert Smirke- who built many such temples- between 1823 and 1846. It became the largest construction site in Europe for the era. The British Museum was the first public museum in the world, opening for the Great Exhibition of 1851The King's Library, the fist part to be constructed, was described as one of the finest rooms in London. 44 Greek columns, 13.7 meters (45 ft) high and 1.5 meters (5 ft) in diameter is the main feature at the south front of the building, red brick covered in a Plaster of Paris facade.
 
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You can find Greek temples all across the 'great land' of the United States, like the Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City- just to name one. The first building on the site, built as New York's first town hall, was of the federal architecture style, constructed between 1699 and 1703- no architect is know. The U.S. Customs House for the Port of New York was constructed in 1842, as an example of Greek Revival Architecture, created by architects Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis
 
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In Nelson, British Columbia, Canada we have a beautiful little Temple of Poseidon. The history of the Church of the Mary Immaculate begins, we are told, when the Catholic Church purchased the corner lot at Mill St. and Ward St. in Nelson B.C.. The large granite cornerstone of the church was 'blessed and inserted' into the northwest corner of the granite foundation- that were quarried on site, on October 9, 1898.


Inside The Church of the Mary Immaculate (190?)

The Church of the Mary Immaculate was constructed by Architect, George Dillon Curtis- who designed it after La Madeleine in Paris, France. The building is a fantastic example of  Roman Classicism Architecture. The entrance is a Doric portico with 6 classical Greek columns approximately 6.1 meters (20 feet) tall. Classical detailing dominates the exterior. 3 large doors take you inside, where the interior composite columns support a massive Neo-baroque, architecturally designed tunnel vaulted roof- that are usually constructed of brick or stone. Construction on the temple was completed in 1 year, and was formally dedicated by Father N. Coccola on October 22, 1899. 

 

 
The Church of the Mary Immaculate hasn't changed in it's 122 years. We are told the foundation is made of granite, but the building is made 'almost' entirely of wood. I would wager, if you looked under the painted wooden facade, you will find 'Red Brick'. Whatever the case you can still worship the Catholic god at 813 Ward St., Nelson B.C., Canada- I'm sure the 10 kings of Atlantis wouldn't mind.


The church of the Immaculate Mary is a fine example of architecture that might have originated in Atlantis- perhaps as far back into history as Mu. But it just may be a monument to a lost civilization closer to us than Atlantis- a time in our recent past where a great civilization, that has almost entirely disappeared from the history books, constructed all the glorious red brick, architecturally imaginative buildings we see all around us- if we would only look and realize that history is not what we've been taught. 
 
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Part 2: The Abodes of the gods

Part 3: Lost Cities

Part 4: Modern Fantasy

Conclusion 

 

 

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