CFFC: Starts with Ap

Apsara

Apsara, Angkor Wat, Angkor Temple Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia

An apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are a common motif on temples and other buildings throughout  Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Often translated as nymph or muse, the depiction of apsaras differ in each culture. Dancing apsara in bas-relief  decorate the walls of Angkor Wat, the largest temple (AD 1116–1150) in Angkor Archaeological Park, and the largest religious monument in the world .

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CFFC: Hallway

Vomitorium

Vaulted passageway (vomitorium) under the Roman amphitheater at Italica, Spain

A vomitorium is a passage for entry or exit into a Roman amphitheater or theater. When it was built, Italica’s amphitheatre was the third largest in the Roman Empire. It seated 25,000 spectators, about half as many as the Colosseum in Rome, although the city had a population of only about 8,000. Much of the stone from the upper portion of the amphitheater was “mined” for construction in or near Seville. Italic was founded in 206 BC for Roman veterans of the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians. Both Emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born here.

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Travel Theme: Primary Colours

Primary Vault

Vault Detail,Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain.

Almudena Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. Begun in 1879, the Gothic revival style church was not completed until 1993, when it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.  The ceiling and the vaults are decorated with vivid decorative paintings. Most interior decorations are contemporary, although art displayed in the side chapels is a mixture of traditional and modern.

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