• Italy: Rome and Le Marche

    Italy: Rome and Le Marche

    These are some images taken from Rome and the Le Marche region. Le Marche sits in the Eastern region and sits between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. It and is sparsley populated, largely unspoilt and not an obvious tourist region. However it boasts the visually stunning hilltop town of Assisi (the birth place of St. Francis (1181–1226), one of Italy’s patron saints and the impressive Grotte di Frasassi Caves. Fact alert: The Grotte di Frasassi extends for 35km is the largest underground cave system in Europe. This subterranean world of calcareous rock formations dates back 180 million years!

    October 27, 2017 By admin Architecture Art Culture Photography Travel
  • Sagrada Família Barcelona

    Sagrada Família Barcelona

    Work on the Sagrada Família started in 1882 using the conventional neo-Gothic designs of Francisco de Paula del Villar. The work was handed over to Antoni Gaudí who worked on it for the next 4 decades.

    This is a truly awe inspiring temple and inspired by a deep seated faith. With its impossibly tall columns representing trees and arches for branches, the interior is a sort of homage to the natural world.

    The organic and natural curvature of the arches and stone work is a hallmark of Gaudí’s architectural style. While we revel in Gaudí’s indomitable signature curves and shapes, we forget that in order or achieve them, he was an accomplished structural engineer. The imposing mosaic stained glass windows are typical of the exuberant flashes of colour seen in much of his architecture. Natural light pours in and is diffused over the light coloured stonework.

    Sagrada Família is not a cathedral though it was elevated to the status of a “minor basilica” when Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the unfinished church in 2010. Today, although still in construction after 133 years, it attracts three million visitors annually. It is scheduled for completion in 2026, to celebrate the centennial of the architect’s death.

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