While travelling in Yunnan, China, I captured this photo of some temples.
The interesting thing is that at the corners of the eaves of the temples, there are funny decorations pointing to the sky.
To me, they look like dragons, dancing upwards to the sky.
I could only marvel at the attention of details to this roof construction.
Not sure whether there is some mythology behind it.
I am not a fervent Catholic.
I know I do not have very strong faith; but I seek to be closer with God with each passing day.
The poor health and sufferings of the loved ones around me have brought me closer to the Lord.
I know God has His plan and may not agree with the things we ask for in our prayers.
Nevertheless, we pray, hoping that He may change his plan, hoping that those around us will suffer less and be closer to Him.
I like churches; I like the ambiance in the church; a place where I can sit quietly and pray; praying for those around us and indeed for the whole world.
Here are some pictures taken in the church, right in the center of the city in Macau.
I like altars, here are two pictures showing it.
I guess given Macau was a colony of Portugal, the churches may resemble some of those in Portugal.
Also shown is the interior and exterior of the church.
Hope you like them.
This week’s DP photo challenge is Grid.
Here is another photo taken in Egypt in Year 2000.
My beautiful picture
As someone who likes architecture and spatial distribution, I think this pictures illustrates very well the perspective of a series of columns and lintels in the ancient city of Luxor.
I also like the blend in the family of colors.
While I stayed at home as a caregiver to my mom, my wife and her dad are travelling in Switzerland and Italy. She is trying to accompany her 84 years old dad to as many places as possible before he couldn’t travel anymore.
This is the church at Mogno, Switzerland which is a good example of Monchromatic for this week’s DP Photo Challenge.
A brief introduction of the church is given in Wikipedia:
Mogno is most noted for its modern marble and granite Church of San Giovanni Battista, designed by Ticinese architect Mario Botta. The church was erected between 1994 and 1996 on the site of its 350-year old predecessor, which was levelled by an avalanche in 1986. This catastrophe also claimed several of the homes in the village, although luckily no-one was injured in this event.
The original church of San Giovanni Battista Decollato was built in 1626 and was initially a chapel of ease of the parish of Peccia. Towards the end of the 17th Century it became an independent parish church. In 1940 it became part of the parish of Fusio
I like the angles and perspective of these photos taken by my wife. Please enjoy!
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While in Nanchang, we have the chance of visiting the Pavilion of Prince Teng.
We were fascinated by the architecture, the art and the calligraphy writings for the pavilion.
What I found most interesting was the roof.
It was multi-colored, circular and adorned by lanterns.
Here are a few pictures showing the pavilion itself and the roof at different angles.
While the original building was not the original one, I was pleased thast in fact it reflects the architecture of the time.
According to Wikipedia:
The Pavilion of Prince Teng (滕王閣) or Tengwang Pavilion is a building in the north west of the city of Nanchang, in JiangXi province, China, on the east bank of the Gan River and is one of the Three Great Towers of southern China.
The other two are the Yueyang Tower and the Yellow Crane Pavilion. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over its history. The present building was rebuilt in 1989 on the original site. The rebuilding plan was devised by the famous architect Liang Sicheng，and now the Pavilion of Prince Teng is the landmark of Nanchang. There are nine floors in total. The main architectural structure is in Song dynasty wooden style, showing the magnificence of the Pavilion.
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Wuyuan is claimed to be the most beautiful village in China.
I don’t think I have seen enough of Wuyuan to confirm this or otherwise.
The most beautiful photo of Wuyuan I saw was taken from a hill and from afar – when the village was surrounded by yellow canola or rapeseed flowers.
What I saw on this trip was only a part of Wuyuan after it was partially flooded in the last few weeks.
My trip, at a wrong season, concentrated more on the ancient architecture which I would share in due course.
This post gives a general view of the area.
Wikipedia introduces the place as follows:
Wuyuan, on the boundary of three provinces in Jiangxi’s northeastern corner, has a landscape dotted with strange caves, deep secluded rocks and numerous historic sites. Wuyuan County is home to some of the best-preserved ancient architecture in China. Wuyuan’s structures were built in 740 during the Tang Dynasty, its remoteness and inconvenient transportation protecting its villages from too many visitors.
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In our travel planning, we thought we were going to the thermal baths of Szechenyi, Budapest.
But in the end, not all of us would like to have spas there and we ended up just visiting the place.
The architecture was marvelous.
I particularly like the interior of the dome structure. There was a lot of symmetry in the design.
Even from the outside, the buildings did look great.
Must be an engineering feat at the time it was built.