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