The structures are composed of Prismarine, an underwater stone, and are lighted in parts by sea lanterns. There includes a center part as well as two wings, each with several rooms. The Treasure Chamber is located in the center part and contains gold bricks that may be uncovered by digging away the Dark Prismarine. These can only be taken out for inventory purposes, but not used.
In order to reach the treasure you have to dig down through three layers of Dark Prismarine before reaching the golden bricks. The first layer is easy to pass but the second one is harder and the third one is impenetrable. You need a torch to see where you're going while you're digging, since the Darkness affects both Vision and Hearing.
Gold isn't the only thing you'll find inside the temples, since there are also chests containing items such as torches, batteries, medicine and food. However, some of these chests are locked using a password system that changes depending on what item is found in them. For example, if you open the first chest that appears in either temple then you will get a message saying "Password: Amber". This could be found under the floorboard of a room in either temple by using your Light Sensor. Pressing this will make another chest appear that doesn't require a password.
There are nine temples in all, and inside them are a total of 18 passwords that must be found to access all their contents.
The elderly guardians live in the uppermost chamber of each wing. The treasure chamber, located in the back of the center part, is a lofty room with eight gold blocks enclosed in black prismarine. Each block is about the size of a large coffin and weighs more than 20 tons.
The gold in the monument is worth an estimated $20 million at current prices. It was originally discovered in 1646 by Spanish explorers working for the king of Spain, who named it "El Oro del Mar de Florida" (the Gold of the Sea of Florida). In 1715, the British captured the monument from the Spanish and took it to London, where it remained for several years before being transferred to the care of the Royal Society for preservation as "an example to mankind".
Since then, the gold has been guarded against theft by a group of retired divers hired by the Royal Society. They live within walking distance of the monument in old Charleston houses that were once home to wealthy colonial families. The guards change shifts daily at 10am and 2pm. They work four-day weeks during slow times; otherwise they work six days a week for two months out of the year.
The last public tour of the monument occurred in 1973. Since then, its guards have refused all attempts by others to steal the gold.
At the foot of the spiraling stone stairway that round the spire, there is a structure with a wooden wall. That wall appears out of place, and destroying it yields an item and, occasionally, a chest. It's simple to land precisely here and immediately grab this relic.
The staircase is at the top of the scene. You can climb it by pressing the R button while hovering over one of the steps. When you reach the top, you'll see two people standing on the platform. One is named Desmond, and he has been sent back in time by his father. The other is a villain named Control who wants to use the power of the artifacts to conquer the world.
Desmond needs your help to stop him from reaching the end of the platform and using the artifact there to travel back in time. To do so, you need to find three more relics and return them to the platform before Control does. Once that's done, run away from the platform as soon as possible because Control will try to kill you if he gets the chance.
Control doesn't have access to weapons from the future, so you shouldn't worry about being killed by him. But be careful not to fall off the edge of the platform--if you do, you'll die instantly.
You have three chances to complete each task on the platform.
The dome and the statue were both painted white. The dome's octagonal oratory housed a $1500 solid gold crown produced in France (which today is kept in the Main Building on display). The architect was Chicago's William Thomas, and the majority of the laborers were Congregation of Holy Cross brothers. Construction ended in 1872.
When the pyramid was nearly built, a particular block clad with gleaming metal (either gold or electrum) was set atop it. The pyramid was then covered with chunks of white limestone from quarries all along the Nile. Within a few years, the limestone had turned black due to the presence of iron oxides in the water. However, even today, some pyramids display metallic colors inside when they are exposed to air for several months.
The gleaming metal may have been gold. There are many stories about golden treasures hidden by pharaohs in secret chambers and passages throughout their monuments. Some believe that gold was used to cover the interior of the pyramids as insulation against heat during summer and cold in winter. It also could have been used in ceremonies dedicated to honor the gods after their deaths.
However, most scholars agree that the metal was actually silver-gold alloy called "electrum". It's made of equal parts of silver and gold and is more conductive than either metal by itself. Thus, it makes sense that the designers would want to use an alloy rather than just silver or gold alone because it would not tarnish like pure metal would if left exposed to air and light. Also, electrically conducting materials can be used to power elements within the monument such as lights and sound machines.
Dahlonega's gold heritage continues on, from the dome of Atlanta's Capitol to the University of North Georgia's landmark Price Memorial Hall gold-covered tower and the Smithsonian-worthy Chestatee River Diving Bell. The city's official website features a map that shows all these treasures.
The site of Dahlonega today is much different than what it was when first settled. There are no buildings over four stories high, no bridges, and no cars. But the city has preserved its history by opening several museums about its past as a mining town. These include the Gold Museum, which covers everything from how gold is discovered to how it is processed; the Historic Depot Museum, which showcases local trains and buses before they were modernized; and the newly opened Lumpkin County Courthouse Museum, which explores life in the county jail during the late 1800s.
Museum hours vary but are usually Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1 to 5pm. Some locations are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
There is a small admission fee for each location. The price varies but is usually under $5. A one-day pass is also available for $12. Children under 17 are free at all sites.