The Great Court, British Museum

The Great Court of the British Museum had been one of those spaces on which I had been waiting to unleash my new fisheye lens. I hadn’t realised that originally the space where the Great Court is now had been an open courtyard (without a roof) and that it was redesigned in the late 90s….

A quick visit to the world’s oldest shopping mall

In one of my recent posts, I talked about the reasons why the Roman emperor Trajan deserved more attention. During his reign, Trajan embarked on a substantial building project in Rome. Since Julius Caesar, who built the temple of Venus Genetrix and the Julian Forum adjoining the main Roman forum, many other Roman rulers also…

Mausoleum of Galla Placida, Ravenna

Ravenna in Italy is a hotbed of early Christian art and architecture- especially mosaics. And one of the buildings that impresses visitors with its carpet like mosaic walls and ceilings is the Mausoleum of Galla Placida. It is said that the building was built by Galla Placida, the daughter of Emperor Theodosius (the last single…

Ceramic Ceiling Ornament- Park Guell

This ceiling decoration caught my eye when visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona last month. This is located at the hall with many columns that was once designed to be the community hall. Somehow the decoration is almost emblematic of the designs that Gaudi envisaged. Bold, multi-coloured and fluid.

Bologna and its porticoes

At first you don’t notice it, walking down the Via dell’Independencia. After all you’re just following the herds late on a Saturday afternoon. After about 10 minutes it suddenly hits you. You’ve been walking on what you think is the pavement and yet this pavement has a roof and really the only time you lose…

Moon and the Arch

The Roman Arch and the waxing moon sighted at El Djem Amphitheatre in Tunisia

Sagrada Familia- The monumental church still in construction

It is almost impossible to visit Barcelona and not come across the works of Antoni Gaudi or at least come across his name. I got my first glimpse of the monumental Sagrada Familia as we were descending into Barcelona El Prat airport. Although I could see the monument clearly my phone camera refused to take…

Baths of Caracalla- Some facts, photos and statistics

Way back in 2012, I wrote about the Baths of Caracalla following my first visit to one of the most monumental ancient Roman ruins in Italy. I learnt a lot more about the monument during a recent re-visit and I thought it would be interesting to share some of these facts with you. Baths (called…