Such a marvel is definitely a tough act to follow with bricks, especially when you're restricted to a 8x8 footprint. And especially when you're limited to only use classic bricks, so no Technic or minifig related stuff. The contest on Rebrick was definitely quite the challenge, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Ever since building the Brandenburger Gate architecture set, I've been wanting to do something with only simple bricks, to focus on shape rather than anecdotic details. This build definitely was a learning experience for me, teaching me that classic bricks help to give the creation a coherent feel that's perfect for such a monumental building. I doubt it would have turned out better it I'd used a Technic gear for detailing on the dome for instance. I recommend doing such a build to everyone to learn to appreciate what a wonderful system just the classic LEGO bricks already are.
So thanks Rebrick for hosting the contest and inspiring me. And thanks to all of you for taking a look at this creation. I hope you enjoy looking at the columns, fronton, monumental gateway and intriguing eroded statues. You'll find that the biggest thing that is missing on this creation is the Holy Grail.
There are a couple of bricks of which the color doesn't matter. I made the parts list uniform to keep it compact, but check out the 3D file to see which parts can be any color. A couple of them have been designated in red already in the file.