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Colossal arches make the rounds

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Rounded.  The first entry that I put together for this challenge was from Nature, so why not one that is man-made this time?

There is a lot of structures that are rounded, as the arch is one of the quintessential load-distribution mechanisms in architecture. The arch spans a large area by resolving downward forces into compressive stresses along its curved shape. The first arches appeared in the 2nd millennium BCE in Mesopotamia and were perfected by the Romans to build structures that still stand across the ages.

Take a look back into history with the set of arches on display here…

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Colosseum View

The Colosseum has withstood both time and earthquakes (and pollution) to still stand proud in the 21st century!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday Mystery Place – vol 17

Open air location

Last week’s location was the Markthal in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which is a stunning piece of architecture and high on my list of remommended places to go to when visiting Rotterdam.

Today, we go to a much older location, which I think will be identified by at least some of my readers.

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Open Air Beauty

This location is rife with mystical energy and a stunning piece of old architecture.  Where are we?

Enjoy!

Technical Details

This shot was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-104mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60 second at f/11 and 400 ISO.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 9

Straight lines abound!

As I’m in the middle of reorganizing all my image storage onto a pair of Drobo arrays, this week’s mystery place (this wasn’t a slide), is a day later than usual.  Hopefully, the suspense did not cause you any undue stress, so here’s this week’s puzzler…

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Where are we?

This is a rather interesting looking building that is of a very particular architectural style.  If there are any among my readers who are architects, they will recognize the architecture, and, likely, name the architect.

  • Where is this building and what is its function?
  • Who is the (rather famous) architect?

Good luck!!