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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Bridges

A Bridge to Nowhere

Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, Avignon, France

 

The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, is a medieval bridge in Avignon, in southern France.  Originally a wooden bridge spanning the Rhone, the bridge was rebuilt in stone beginning in 1234. It had 22 stone arches when completed. The bridge was abandoned in the mid-17th century because the arches collapsed during floods. Today, only four arches and the gatehouse on the Avignon end of the bridge survive.

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Textures

Exterior Textures

Exterior wall, 13th/14th century, Aarhus Cathedral, Aarhus, Denmark

Originally a Romanesque basilica, Aarhus Cathedral was started in the last decades of the 12th Century, was partially destroyed by a fire in 1330, and enlarged into its present form as a Gothic cathedral between 1450 and 1520. The outer walls and the chapels along the eastern wall of the transept are the only surviving Romanesque elements. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Clement. It is the longest and tallest church in Denmark.

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Moving Water

Dueling Dribblers

15th-Century Fountain of Espéluque, Aix-en-Provence, France

The oldest part of Fountain of Espéluque in Aix.  The original 15th-century fountain, inset into a later support, was moved several times before being installed in the Place de l’Archevêtché by Georges Vallon in 1756. I couldn’t find any information about the 1618 date, which must have been added after the original installation.

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Doors

Old doors, La Rochepot, France

Old wooden doors of a stone storage shed or stable, La Rochepot, France.

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Saints in Stained Glass

Triforium stained glass windows, St. Severin, Paris, France

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