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