Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – Gold

Gold

Royal Palace of Madrid, Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Ceiling and window decoration over one of the grand stairways of the Royal Palace of Madrid. While the palace is officially the home of the Spanish royal family, it is currently only used for state occasions. Construction of the palace began in 1738 and was completed in 1755, though later renovations and expansion were undertaken. The palace, the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area, has 3,418 rooms and 1,450,000 sq ft of floor space.

Join Jennifer’s Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola, a 4 month (January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018) blogging challenge event. Each day has a new color theme based on a past or current crayon color in Crayola’s box of 120 crayons.

WPC and Thursday’s Special: 2017 Photos

2017 Retrospective

 

I track my year and my travels by the photos I post. Generally, I try to use recent photos for each new post or challenge. These are some of my favorites from 2017, which took me to Cuba, Spain, Alaska, South Dakota, New York, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Egypt, France, and Switzerland. It was a very good year.

Join  WPC: 2017 Favorites and Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Best Photo of 2017

WPC: Ascend

Ascending Toward The Light

Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo, Egypt

Section of a portico arcade in the Mosque of Ibn Tulun (Masjid Ibn Ṭūlūn) in Cairo, Egypt. It is said to be the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form and is the second oldest mosque in Egypt. Commissioned by Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Turkic Abbassid governor of Egypt, the mosque was constructed between AD 876 and 879. The upper part of the mosque’s exterior walls hold 128  arched windows with intricate pierced-stucco geometric patterns. Only four of the arched windows date back to the period of Ibn Tulun. The intersecting circle motifs are specific to that period. Each window is unique in its design motif and they are considered one of the most exquisite characteristics of the building. Stucco decoration of combining linear and floral decoration adorn the edges and soffits of the arcade and window arches. The mosque has the oldest and richest collection of stucco decoration in Egypt. For more detailed information on the style and decoration of the mosque, go to Discover Islamic Art .

WPC: Ascend

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