Lens-artist’s Photo Challenge #35: Architecture

I was not sure where I was going to go with this one, after seeing Amy’s wonderful images of Macchu Picchu, and then Tina’s images also from ancient worlds of Petra, Ankor Wat and Akko and The Great Wall of China.

i have never seen any of those stunning sights, so mine will be a little less exciting, very different.

I whave always been impressed by the architectural splendours of religious buildings, and two that impressed me in this country were the splendid Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire:

Rain clouds over Rievaulx

..and the smaller, but most atmospheric  Jervaulx Abbey, also in Yorkshire:

Jervaulx 3

Then, of course, there was the magnificent Abbey at San Galgano,  in Tuscany, here seen at sunset :

…here’s the interior, looking away from the Rose Window view, just to give you a sense of the size, the  height of the place:

Aside from such buildings, there are many others that have been built on a grand scale, the Romans were particularly good at this. I will never forget the first time that I saw the magnificent Pont du Gard in Provence:

Pont du Gard, evening light

and then, of course, there is military architecture. I remember as a child being entranced by the ruined castles of North Wales. Then I came across the vast Maginot Line forts, seemingly indistructible in their solidity, but fatally flawed in their positioning, and the lack of insight into their vulnerabilities – eg to attack from the side.

Later, I would be amazed at some industrial architecture – the ruin of one slate mine in Wales looked, to me, a bit cathedral like:

Ynyspandy slate mill

And now for something much smaller- some Trulli, from Puglia

Small buildings with cylindrical walls and conical rooves, a very ancient design, held together by gravity and opposition – no mortar is  used.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these!

Linked to Lens-artist’s Photo Challege at Amy’s here



  1. Amy

    Beautiful architecture series, Sue! Each has its own significant characters and stories to tell.
    Your photo reminds me when I was standing in front of the magnificent Pont du Gard.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. So many wonderful designs all in different states of disrepair, except the last one which looks so perfect. I’d love to see inside. 😃

  3. Sue

    I’ve added my link to these comments, as it didn’t pingback….but it must have dOne, or how ŵould you have seen it……

  4. All great buildings Sue.

  5. Woohoo, I really did enjoy these! Thanks, I’ve even seen some of these sites, like the Pont du Gard, and they are magnificent in the majesty.

  6. Lovely collection Sue. I love old church architecture.

  7. I see I have been missing much these last few months. Beautiful collection of architectural wonders.

  8. Wonderful variety, Sue! And Pont du Gard! I share your awe…I was only 16 when I walked the top of it with Swedisg clogs. You are not allowed to walk on top anymore, I have learned. But admiring it is still allowed! The Trulli of Puglia looks so sweet – I would like to go try one…even if they are small. I have no grand piano. I am so impressed by buildings fitted together without mortar. In the old days we had to be much smarter to overcome difficulties like that.

  9. Now that is an eclectic mix…..always loved Rievaulx both in the surrounds but also looking down from the terrace above. 🙂

  10. Beautiful series, Sue. But the last one is my favorite one.

  11. A fun display of so many different types of architecture Sue. I especially liked the abbeys

  12. Of course there are magnificent sights around the world, but that doesn’t lessen the beauty of the smaller, more intimate places in the UK and Europe. Fab photos Sue 🙂

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