Arches Gone Wild!

Today’s post features a detail photo of some of the stone work in the Cathedral in Seville, Spain. Why “Wild” in the title? As you will see in Monday’s post, the Roman arch was round and utilitarian. A thousand years later someone in western Europe decided to enhance the look a little. And the so-called…

Walls of Glass

The most famous Gothic cathedral in Paris is the Notre Dame de Paris. But I think St. Chapelle is the most beautiful, primarily because there is so little stone and so much glass in the walls. When I walked into this structure the first time, I stood for several moments in amazement. This structure was…

Old Stone

I posted a stone carving from a building in Chicago yesterday and observed that it was done in an “era when there was time, talent and money to hand carve decorations for skyscrapers.” The building you are looking at is another sort of sky scraper: it is the Notre Dame de Paris. It is the…

03-09-10 The Gurgling Downspout

Well, it’s not gurgling here and this isn’t an ordinary downspout. It’s a gargoyle and it is located on the famous Sainte-Chapelle chapel, just around the corner from the Notre Dame de Paris. It is a marvelous combination of stained glass, stone and air. It’s not on the “normal” tourists stops so you’ll have to…