Architecture, the largest visual use of sculpture and design, emerges from numerous human needs and as a reflection of society. For example, a medieval castle provided protection, a Mayan pyramid proclaimed power and identity, the Roman coliseum hosted sporting events, and the Taj Mahal created a lasting memorial. Some of the largest architectural examples in early human development were places of worship, honoring God or gods with splendor, for example the Greek Parthenon or a Gothic cathedral.Thinking about these reflections of human history, how was the Palace of Versailles similar to the Forbidden Palace in Beijing? How were they different?What do each of these structures reveal about attitudes of the rulers of these countries and society?What does the imitation of these palaces in St. Petersburg and Hue reveal about how the Romanovs and Nguyens viewed France and China?Have you found similarities to architectural expressions we studied in prior weeks and these examples of architecture? Why?