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Professional LEGO builder Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to build a LEGO model of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Over the course of 470 hours and using over 190,000 LEGO bricks, McNaught built this awesome reconstruction of Pompeii at the moment of its destruction in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying and burying the city in ash and pumice, how the ruined city appeared when it was rediscovered in the 1700s, and how it appears today.

According to the museum, McNaught’s LEGO Pompeii is the largest model of an ancient city ever made using LEGO bricks.

LEGO Pompeii will be on display at the Nicholson Museum through December 31, 2015. Click here for addition information about the exhibit.

Visit Ryan McNaught’s Flickr account or The Brickman website to check out more of his LEGO creations.

[via inhabitat and The Daily Mail]

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Ryan McNaught, certified LEGO builder, has accomplished an awesome feat by creating the world’s first LEGO Colosseum. Built with a staggering 200,000 LEGO bricks, the model is presented in cross-section, half in its present day ruined form and half in all its glory when the Colosseum was first built by the Romans, way way back circa 80 AD.

Built for the University of Sydney, Ryan’s LEGO Colosseum is currently on display at Nicholson Museum in Melbourne, Australia, until January 2013.

The Colosseum is “the most technically challenging thing I’ve ever built,” McNaught told The Sydney Morning Herald. “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.”

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more photos of Ryan McNaught’s awesome LEGO achievement.