I have shown many images of the Buddha, the ruined stone structures, the trees etc in Angkor Wat.
The photo here is an interesting example of the architecture.
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The second picture was taken at the aquarium at Okinawa, Japan.
The roof has a repetitive pattern of triangular arches; again they appear as converging at a distance.
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The theme for this week’s Travel Theme is Arches.
I like arches. Structurally, they are a very efficient of supporting weight from above, without causing tension in the elements.
Architecturally, they look pleasing too.
The arches shown here are from a building in Geneve, Switzerland.
From the outside the building is interesting too. It has multiple arches and there are also ramps going up at a slant.
All these make for an interesting structure!
Here are two photos which were taken by me in 1985 and scanned a few years earlier.
The photos show the Moorish architecture of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
I don’t think I can better describe this than what has already presented in Wikipedia which is presented below in italics:
The Mosque – Cathedral of Cordoba is the Catholic Christian cathedral of the Diocese of Cordoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. It originally was a Catholic Christian church built by the Visigoths, although it was later converted to an Islamic mosque in the Middle Ages; after the Reconquista, it was made a Catholic Christian church once again. The cathedral is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.
The building is most notable for its arcaded hypostyle hall, with 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. These were made from pieces of the Roman temple which had occupied the site previously, as well as other destroyed Roman buildings, such as the Merida amphitheater. The double arches were a new introduction to architecture, permitting higher ceilings than would otherwise be possible with relatively low columns. The double arches consist of a lower horseshoe arch and an upper semi-circular arch. The famous alternating red and white voussoirs of the arches were inspired by those in the Dome of the Rock, and also resemble those of the Aachen Cathedral, which were built almost at the same time. A centrally located honey-combed dome has blue tiles decorated with stars.
Please enjoy :-)
As I will be travelling, there will be no more postings for the rest of the week!
Last Autumn, after travelling round the country chasing color foliage, our last stop in 0ur South Korea trip was Seoul.
Here is another shop with the use of bold colors, the three colors seem to match quite well. I like the way they have arranged the façade too.
The following definition of Cityscape is taken from Wikipedia.
A cityscape is the urban equivalent of a landscape. In urban design the terms refer to the configuration of built forms and interstitial space. In the visual arts a cityscape (urban landscape) is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print or photograph, of the physical aspects of a city or urban area.
Hong Kong is basically a vertical city with skyscrapers everywhere. The city is so familiar to me that, very rarely, I take pictures of it.
Depending on how and where you look at the city, you get a different sense of the place.
In this post, I am trying to show the cityscape by taking pictures of the soaring skyscrapers at varying distance from the buildings in the business district.
The image shows the lines and form of the many curtain windows commonly found in Hong Kong buildings.
Behind all the glass and steel are some of Asia’s most powerful people, high-rise neighbours in one of the city’s most exclusive communities.
Have always wondered how a city like this can exist!