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Historian and writer Dan Cruickshank celebrates the creative force of architecture as he explores the world's greatest cities, buildings and monuments.

Dan travels the globe to explore how different cultures have created architecture inspired by our mortality. In the Czech Republic, he reveals the macabre tale of a chapel decorated with human bones. Even more shocking is the Yaxha Mayan pyramids in Guatemala, sites of brutal human sacrifice.

In Egypt, Dan explores how pharaohs ensured the passage of their spirit to the afterworld through elaborate mortuary temples. He visits Europe's greatest cemetery in Genoa, Staglieno, home to a spectacular collection of beautiful and erotic memorial statues. And finally, Dan comes face-to-face with death itself in Varanasi in India, a sacred Hindu town where people come to die.

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1 hour

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Tue 1 Nov 2016 00:20


Role Contributor
PresenterDan Cruickshank
Executive ProducerBasil Comely
ProducerJohn Hay
DirectorJohn Hay
ProducerAndrea Illescas
DirectorAndrea Illescas
DirectorJohn Mullen
ProducerJohn Mullen
ProducerHelen Nixon
DirectorHelen Nixon