Architecture

Outside looking in

The Old City of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia is very old.

Dating back to the 7th century, it has been built and re-built over hundreds of years.

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It has a wide variety of churches and other buildings —

Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

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The restored roof tiles look good

Against the old stone.

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The city walls were built in the 14th and 15th centuries

And encircle what is now the ‘modern’ city of Dubrovnik.

About 42,000 people live in those old houses and flats!

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Fairytale Palace

The small bus chugs up the winding roads of Sintra —

And then after a steep uphill climb on foot,

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You gasp when you finally glimpse the fairytale outline

Of Pena Palace:

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A beautiful example of 19th century

Portuguese Romanticism.

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Gorgeous tiles and lemon walls

Are a breathtaking reminder

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Of how amazing the human imagination

Coupled with architecture can be.

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Feast for the eyes

Walking through Lisbon is a delicious feast for the eyes.

Wherever you look, there are tiles and mosaics

Golden tiles

And beautifully decorated shop fronts

Like this one – it’s the oldest cod cake shop in Lisbon.

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And the colour — so warm and delicious

Like this lemon sorbet building;

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Or deliciously purple

And happy.

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Even the faded old grand buildings near the harbour

Glitter with the gold of the setting sun

And transform into beauty.

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Quintessentially thatched

There is something so

Quintessentially English about old thatched cottages.

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Most of the buildings with thatch

Pre-date the 1800s and a good thatched roof

Can last up to fifty years.

Looks as if this cottage needs a new roof though!

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The new Globe Theatre

(A modern reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe)

Is the only building in London with a thatched roof.

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However, I prefer my thatched buildings

Slumbering among wildflowers, don’t you?

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The walled town

Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being

A perfectly preserved walled settlement.

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The castle and its walls date back

To Roman times

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But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,

You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic

To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.

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The city gate is a gorgeous

Blue tiled balcony.

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The town was very much geared for tourism

So my favourite parts of it

Were the secret alleys,

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The quirky old stone houses

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And far-away glimpses

Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.

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Greeting the light

One of the things I love most about photography

Is trying to capture the light.

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It’s much easier to do

When you visit a magnificent cathedral

Like Notre Dame in Paris.

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You don’t have to be religious

To have your breath taken away by the interior

And the simple yet beautiful ceiling.

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I love the way the stained glass windows

Create rainbows of light on an old wall in the cathedral.

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The play of shadow makes the sculptures

Look like real people.

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Back outside again, I’m surprised by a shadow

Of what appears to be an alien.

I have to look twice to see

That it’s the shadow of an eagle!

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Inside look at Gothic Revival

Many of you wanted to see the inside of Lancing College Chapel (from my previous post) — so here goes!

The chapel is very tall and narrow

With a lovely vaulted roof.

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At the centre of the soaring pillars

Is the famous Rose Window,

Made out of more than 30,000 pieces of stained glass.

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The hallway as you enter the chapel

Has a colourful roof

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And a more modern stained glass window

That was dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2007

In honour of a Bishop, who was a former Lancing College pupil.

Modern stained glass

I can’t let you go without showing you

The beautiful warm stone of the chapel

In the lovely green setting of the South Downs.

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Gothic revival

Nestled in the green hills of the South Downs in England

Is a magnificent example of a Gothic Revival church: Lancing College Chapel.

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Its spires soar up into the sky, giving me vertigo

And reminding me of Hogwarts College.

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It is the largest school chapel in the world

And a well-known landmark in Sussex.

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Even though it’s only 100 years old,

It’s due for a cleaning.

Can you see the mossy windows?

All in all, it’s a stunning piece of architecture.

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Iconic Venice

Whether it’s a lovely morning

And you’re a humble seagull —

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Or whether the sun is setting

In purple shades of satin

And you’re a tourist —

We can all agree on one thing:

Venice is beautiful!

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The Fish Church

The Fish Church – or Feskekôrka –

Is one of the quirky sights you can visit in Gothenburg.

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It’s actually a fish market (built in 1874)

That resembles a Gothic Church.

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The reclining benches in front of the market

Are an excellent place

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On which to rest

And drink in a summer sunset.

Fish church view

 

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