Acropolis Memory Palace and Sketchup 3D

I mentioned in another post that I was waiting to build my Acropolis memory palace until I had more photos and floor plans available.

I just found models of the Acropolis in Google Sketchup. You can move the model around. Here’s a screenshot:

[Update: Google no longer owns Sketchup, and all the URLs have changed. You can search for the models on their site.]

Acropolis, Google Sketchup

The Acropolis in Google Sketchup

It’s easy to rotate the ancient Acropolis:

Acropolis model 1

Acropolis model 1

and compare it to the current ruins:

Acropolis model 2

Acropolis model 2

EDIT: here is one more screenshot of a great Sketchup model with the Acropolis entrance, including the Temple of Athena Nike:

Acropolis model 3

Acropolis model 3

This is exactly what I need to create my memory palace.

Sketchup has many buildings available for download. The Palace of Domitian looks nice, and here is a collection of Roman buildings. Check it out and let me know if you find anything that makes a good memory palace!


  • QUESTION: Why are you building a memory palace of a place your not familiar with while there are so many other places in your own personal history that you already have firmly implaced in your mind?


    Rob Gilbert

  • I guess a couple of reasons:

    I like the idea of making my journeys/palaces in the most interesting places possible. I imagine that ancient mnemonists used these same buildings.

    I’ve been working and traveling in different places over the past 15 years, so I don’t have many set routines in life where I know buildings especially well. I don’t remember my old schools, apartments, and jobs well enough to create journeys from them.

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