Written On Stone

Lighting Isis

Relief Carving, Temple of Isis, fromthe Island of Philae, now on Agilkia Island, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Isis is one of the structures in the original Temple of Philae. Submerged after the construction of the first Aswan dam in 1902, the Temple of Philae was salvaged in the 1970s, following completion of the Aswan High Dam. The temple compound was drained, dismantled and reconstructed on a new island (Agilkia) in a reservoir of the Aswan low dam. While not on Lake Nasser, Philae is considered a major success as part of the rescue of Nubian monuments and sites. Philae was said to have been one of Egypt’s most beautiful temples. It drew visitors well into the 20th century, even after parts were flooded. Unfortunately, submersion in water and river silt has removed the painted surfaces.

The relief carvings of gods/godesses and pharaohs were deface during the period Philae was converted to a Christian church.

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Royal Brick Gothic

It’s All in the Bricks

Roskilde Cathedral (Roskilde Domkirke) was the first Gothic cathedral constructed of brick, a style which spread throughout Northern Europe. The building was built in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral has been the last resting place of Danish monarchs since the 15th century.

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Silent Lights

Festive Rainbow

Silent Lights, Union Station, Chicago, 2018

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Circles

Capitol Circles

Interior, Dome, US Capitol, Washington, DC

The current dome on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, is the second dome to grace the structure. Designed by Thomas U. Walter, the dome was influenced by classical European domes; it replaced a wooded dome completed by Charles Bulfinch in 1824. Built between 1854 and 1865, the new dome was made of fireproof cast iron painted to look like stone.   Constantino Brumidi painted a fresco, The Apotheosis of Washington, on a platform above the interior dome’s oculus.

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Battlefield Sundown

The Calm Before The Storm

General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Military Park.Pennsylvania

Gouverneur Kemble Warren (1830 –1882), a civil engineer and Union Army general during the American Civil War, is remembered for the July 2, 1863 defense of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.  A bronze statue of Warren by Karl Gerhardt (1853–1940) overlooks the battlefield from Little Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. It was dedicated in 1888.

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Inside

Outside Inside

Decaying building, Aveiro Portugal

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