By now, most of you are probably aware that the Egyptian Renaissance was one of the most famous and influential architectural movements of the 20th century.
The architectural legacy of this epoch is still with us today.
It was the year in which the Italian architect Francesco Ciampi completed his first building in the ancient Egyptian city of Minya, where he was born.
However, despite this monumental feat, the story of this monumental building was shrouded in secrecy until recently, thanks to a new documentary by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Egypt.
The documentary, Ancient Egypt, will debut on Discovery Channel on February 6.
In it, director Chris Fischbach explores how this architectural phenomenon began in the 14th century, with the building’s design by architect Alessandro Fabbri.
It is an important story, and Fischbeck also has a compelling narrative, which we hope you will take a listen to below.
We’ve had a chance to talk with Fischbach about how he came up with this story, the history of the building, and the importance of preserving this amazing architectural legacy.
First off, how did you get involved with this project?
Fischbach: I’ve been fascinated by the Egyptian building movement for the last 10 years.
I’ve always loved the idea of ancient architecture and the way it was done, but I knew that this project would be a very interesting piece of research to follow up on.
So, we had a great deal of fun, and I was able to get in contact with the architect and find out more about his work, which has really been a boon.
What’s the significance of the story?
Fischbeck: The story has always been about what an architectural story is.
We can see this story in the way architecture has been built over time.
As we go back and look at the building of Minyas Temple, for instance, the stories that were told about the building are very much part of what is now the structure of the temple.
And as the building became more and more famous, the architects who designed it had to do so with a certain type of building, so the story about how it came to be was really important to them.
Why did you choose to focus on Minya?
Why not focus on any other ancient city in the world?
Fischbaum: I think that it’s an important piece of Egyptian history because it was the first building to actually come out of Minyan.
Minya was the largest city of ancient Egypt, and it was built around the time of the Pharaonic Dynasty, which ruled Egypt from the 5th to the 3rd century BC.
There was an enormous amount of competition in Minya between different architects, and when one came up who was better at building, it was Minya.
This is an incredible building, which is just a marvel to behold.
You say that it was an incredible, groundbreaking design, but what about the fact that it took so long to complete?
Fischer: The reason that it didn’t come out in a matter of years is because Minya had been under attack from the Phoenicians for centuries.
And this attack came to a head during the Pharoah’s reign, and a great many buildings were destroyed.
So Minya is one of those places that people know about in the history books, but it was still quite a dangerous place to be.
So the Egyptian architect’s plan to build the temple in a relatively safe way had to be delayed.
Was the delay deliberate?
How long did it take to complete the building?FISCHBACH: That’s an interesting question.
The reason I ask that is that Minya and Egypt are two very different countries, so it was a very difficult time to build.
There were all kinds of problems and problems, and you need to be very careful to make sure that you’re building in a very safe and secure area.
Fischer went on to explain the architectural constraints that the architects had to face in order to construct this monumental piece of architecture.
Did the building itself have any particular design challenges?
Is it one of a kind?FISTBACH (architect): No, the building in itself is an amazing piece of art.
It’s just that we were really surprised by the fact it took almost a hundred years to complete.
We had to have the same type of construction techniques as other buildings.
So the fact is, it took a lot of planning, and we didn’t get the same kind of time with the construction.
Is the building a masterpiece?
You bet.FISICHBACH, director: That was a challenge.
We were very much looking for a piece that we thought was going to be a great piece of modern architecture, but also very ancient.
So it was very