Preah Khan – Siem Reap – Cambodia (by Drriss & Marrionn) via Tumblr

via Love Nature & Wildlife.

Astonishing Landscapes: Nature and City Preah Khan – Siem Reap – Cambodia (by Drriss & Marrionn)  via Tumblr


Morning light on some old cypress along the banks of Blue Cypress Lake, the headwaters of the of the St. John’s River—@paulmarcellini

via The Nature Conservancy.

West Stow Hall, Suffolk, England by teresue

via A Jug Of Wine, A Loaf Of Bread, And Virtual Thou • wanderthewood: West Stow Hall, Suffolk, England….


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PALACE OF SHAPUR I, Ctesiphon, Iraq

via A Jug Of Wine, A Loaf Of Bread, And Virtual Thou • kirbyarthistory: PALACE OF SHAPUR I, Ctesiphon,….


The son and successor of Artaxerxes, Shapur I, built a great palace at Ctesiphon, the capital his father had established near modern day Baghdad in Iraq. The central feature of Shapur’s palace was the monumental iwan, or brick audience hall, covered by a vault (here, a deep arch over an oblong space) that came almost to a point of more than 100 feet above the ground. A series of horizontal bands made up of blind arcades (a series of arches without openings, applied as wall decoration) divide the facade to the left and right of the iwan.

The New Persian empire (Sasanian) endured more than 400 years, until the Arabs drove the Sasanians out of Mesopotamia in 636 CE, just four years after the death of Muhammad. But the prestige of Sasanian art and architecture outlasted the empire. A thousand years after Shapur built his palace at Ctesiphon, Islamic architects still considered its soaring iwan as the standing for judging their own engineering feats.

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Source: kirbyarthistory