CB&W: Corners

Behind Bars

Vacant storefront, Toledo, Spain

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Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – White

White

Architectural detail from Santa María la Blanca in Toledo, Spain. Originally built as early as CE 180 as a synagogue, Saint Mary the White is now a museum owned and preserved by the Catholic Church. The use of Mudéjar (Moorish) architecture for a Jewish place of worship during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile is seen by many as a symbol of the co-existence during the Middle Ages of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in what is now Spain.  In 1405, the Jews were violently expelled from the synagogue, and it was used as a church, a monastery, and later, a sword workshop. The building, the third most visited historic site in Toledo, was declared a national memorial in 1856 and restored.  It is currently not used for religious purposes.

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Black & White Sunday: After and Before

Holy Light

 

Architectural detail from Santa María la Blanca in Toledo, Spain. Originally built as early as CE 180 as a synagogue, Saint Mary the White is now a museum owned and preserved by the Catholic Church. The use of Mudéjar (Moorish) architecture for a Jewish place of worship during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile is seen by many as a symbol of the co-existence during the Middle Ages of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in what is now Spain.  In 1405, the Jews were violently expelled from the synagogue, and it was used as a church, a monastery, and later, a sword workshop. The building, the third most visited historic site in Toledo, was declared a national memorial in 1856 and restored.  It is currently not used for religious purposes.

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Wanderlust

Synergy

Architectural detail, Santa Maria la Blanca,Toledo, Spain

Architectural detail from Santa María la Blanca in Toledo, Spain. Originally built as early as CE 180 as a synagogue, Saint Mary the White is now a museum owned and preserved by the Catholic Church. The use of Mudéjar (Moorish) architecture for a Jewish place of worship during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile is seen by many as a symbol of the co-existence during the Middle Ages of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in what is now Spain.  In 1405, the Jews were violently expelled from the synagogue, and it was used as a church, a monastery, and later, a sword workshop. The building, the third most visited historic site in Toledo, was declared a national memorial in 1856 and restored.  It is currently not used for religious purposes.

Discovering beautiful places like this is how I salve my wanderlust.

 

WPC: Wanderlust

B&W Sunday: After and Before

Tumbling Roses

Roses trailing off a roof,Toledo, Spain

I used a black & white preset to give the black and white version an old fashioned look; it reminds me of a wedding bouquet. The original, taken in Toledo, Spain, was shot against a cloudless blue sky.

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A Photo A Week: Extravagance

ECCLESIASTICAL Extravagance

Portion of the Monstrance of Arfe, Treasury of Cathedral, Toledo, Spain

The lower section of La Custodia de Enrique de Arfe or  the Monstrance of Arfe.  The outer structure, which measures over ten feet tall, was made of solid silver and gilded. In the center stands a smaller, solid gold monstrance studded with gems and pearls. The inner monstrance belonged to Queen Isabella the Catholic and was brought to Toledo in 1505. The gothic style outer structure was  made by silversmith Enrique de Arfe between 1517–1524; the gilding was applied later in 1595. Legend has it that the monstrance was gilded with the first gold brought back from the New World by Columbus.  It is used to display a communion wafer on special occasions. The monstrance is/was paraded through the streets of Toledo in the annual feast of Corpus Christi.

 

 

A Photo A Week: Extravagance

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