Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Architecture of the day

Architecture never stops fascinate and amaze me. There is so much to see, so many different houses, so many different styles depending on where in the world. Even in one country it varies, even in the same town. Some of my favorites are the old, medieval buildings, be it cottages or castles. And the Chinese wall… see how far it stretches. Built by princes and overlords in the Seventh Century BC it still stands there, whispering secrets about an ancient China we know so little of.

Since then, the Great Wall was rebuilt, modified or extended throughout Chinese history for over 2000 years by millions of Chinese people drafted in for the task. The primary purpose was always to protect the Chinese Empire from the Mongolians and other invaders. Most of the Great Wall we see today was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In some areas, two walls built in two different dynasties can be seen running side by side.

By the way, it’s a myth that the Wall can be seen from the moon. ;)

Great Wall of China Poppy Cottage Castle Bright Colours Art Shadow Red Castle of Chillon, Switzerland Lisbon

1 comment:

Greet Lefèvre said...

Just gorgeous pictures!! Ooohhh!!!