200,000-Piece Lego Roman Colosseum Built For Sydney Uni Is Crazy Impressive

I'm stunned by the scale, accuracy and mind blowing detail of this massive 200,000-piece Lego Roman Colosseum, made to minifig scale. Built for the University of Sydney, it shows both the Colosseum from two thousand years ago and its current state.

Made by certified Lego builder Ryan McNaught, it is, without a single doubt, the most impressive Lego architecture I've ever seen. It's also "the most technically challenging thing" ever built by McNaught, he says, which probably makes it one of the most challenging Lego models ever created:

I've really got a new appreciation for the Romans and how they made things. For me, the challenge of making something oval-shaped out of square bricks was mind-boggling.

I love the dual vision of the monument. Half of it is portrayed as new, just like it was in 80AD, when it was built. You can see the spectators, some Roman soldiers, merchants and beasts. The other half shows the Colosseum as it is today, with tourists, restoration workers, and even the Popemobile going around the block. Ah-mazing.

Watch all the details from his model on [Flickr via FreeLegos via MyModernNet via Sydney Morning Herald]

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