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Location address: Greece, Antikythera
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Antikythera is best known for the discovery of the Antikythera Wreck on which the Antikythera Mechanism was found, a 2000 years old astronomical clock mechanism. And it is not just a simple clock. This analog computer predicted eclipses and other positions of the heavenly bodies. The model was completely redesigned in Lego. You can see more info via the link below. If you look at you get a good idea of how complex and advanced that invention was.
Near Antikythera, a shipwreck was found in October 1900 by Greek sponge fishermen. It was and is still located 120 m below the water surface. The pressure was such that they had only 5 minutes on the seabed before having to ascend. Several divers were paralyzed and one died from decompression sickness.
Two thousand years ago, a Greek mechanic set out to build a machine that would model the workings of the known Universe. The result was a complex clockwork mechanism that displayed the motions of the Sun, Moon and planets on precisely marked dials. This video shows the story how a replica was made in lego.