WPC: Curves I have seen

For this week’s Photo Challenge, Cheri says “Get inspired by the curves around you. From curves in architecture to bends in nature to man-made undulations.”

I think the most impressive curved piece of architecture I’ve ever seen, is the Colosseum in Rome. Opened in AD 80, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and for many years was the site of gory combats between man and beast.

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Not too far away from the Colosseum, in the heart of  the Vatican City, is the curved dome of St Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo and completed in 1590, twenty-six years after his death. This is the largest dome of Christianity in the world, being 136m high and 42 m in diameter.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERANot to be outdone, today hubby is busy spackling his dome, which is nowhere near as big or fancy as Michelangelo’s, but a lot of work nevertheless. I hope it doesn’t take 44  years to complete.

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In Barcelona are many examples of the gorgeously curvy architecture of Antoni Gaudi. In 1984, La Padrera one of Gaudí’s main residential buildings which has to be one of the most imaginative houses in the history of architecture, was recognised by UNESCO, as World Heritage

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Man has designed beautiful curves, but Mother Nature really does have the best curves of all, and here is a beautiful curve of a rainbow at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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My post wouldn’t be complete without a couple of my Backyardigans, Tommy and Theresa the painted turtles, with their perfectly curved homes which they carry around on their backs.

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow I’ll have to prise hubby away from his work on the house, and take him out for a Father’s Day dinner.

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Broken, but still Picture-Perfect: for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is ‘Broken’. Some things are really photogenic when they’re broken and in ruins, and millions of tourist every year, pay good money to visit them and take endless photos like these.

The Colosseum, one of Italy’s most treasure landmarks, was completed in 80 AD, and has been crumbling for many centuries.

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I wonder if the labourers who built it, ever imagined that their efforts would one day look like this.  I’m sure that those unfortunate people who perished here, would be astonished to know that, way in the future, it would be such a popular tourist attraction.

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There is so much ‘broken’ stuff in Rome, and I was quite happy to walk my legs off, in order to see as much of it as possible.

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Do you also have a love affair with ruined buildings and broken stuff? If so, you may want to join in Ailsa’s challenge this week.

Oh yes, before I go, here’s a dumpster full of broken stuff outside our ‘abandoned house’. This is the second one that hubby has filled! He’s certainly been having a smashing time. 🙂

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