A Word a Week Challenge – Arch

Sue’s challenge this week is “Arch”.  The arch is a very old architectural feature. It supports weight far better than a strict up and down base as well as being aesthetically nicer looking.  An arched window is prettier than a square one and the arches under a bridge look far more graceful as well as functional. The Romans and Greeks did arches very well and churches and cathedrals make extensive use of them to support the heavy stone walls and roof.  Pretty much all of the most beautiful buildings in the world, in all cultures and eras use arches, some with round tops and some with pointed tops.

There are also a lot of freestanding “monuments” that use arches through which majestic processions would march. The arches would be carved with scenes of the triumphs of whatever general or ruler they were meant to celebrate.

Here’s some photos of some of the better known, and maybe one or two lesser known arches and arched details I’ve visited:

Rieveaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Iniside St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec

Entry Hall of the Victoria and Albert museum, London

The River Thames, at Richmond


These are some photos I’ve used before but are good examples as well….

Eiffel tower at night

You all know this arch, the base of the Eiffel tower …at night

The Colosseum, Rome

More famouse arches
The Colosseum, Rome

The scissor arch in Wells Cathedral.

The scissor arch in Wells Cathedral.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

The arch in Washington Square, New York City

The arch in Washington Square, New York City







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