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I’m not sure why, but these images of arches have captivated my imagination–including in my dreams.  As always, it’s amazing how much beauty and variety humans manage to create with something that seems simple, like an arch.   These images are all complements of Sam Pryor on Pinterest.  I’ve referred to him many times when I use pictures from his site but this is the first time he’s done all the collecting for me.  Do give his site a try.

As always, I give attribution where I know it.  If you have knowledge of the location of an unmarked arch, or of the architect who designed it or the artist who took the photograph, please share it with everyone in the comments at the end of the post.

By Katarina 2353

By Katarina 2353

By Matteo Angelotti

By Matteo Angelotti

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Tin Mal Mosque, Morocco, By Kasmil

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Bologna, by mym on Flickr

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Arganzuela Footbridge, Dominique Perrault Architecture

Arganzuela Footbridge, Dominique Perrault Architecture

After the rain, Abbey of San Galgano,  Italy by Marite

After the rain, Abbey of San Galgano, Italy by Marite

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Chiapas. Mexico

Chiapas. Mexico

Arched Door - Chateau de Belcastel 13th century, France
Arched Door – Chateau de Belcastel 13th century, France

 

 

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By skipnclick on flickr

By skipnclick on flickr

 

 

 

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Chaumont Viaduct, France. Lighting design,  Jean-François Touchard -  Photographed by Didier Boy de la Tour

Chaumont Viaduct, France. Lighting design, Jean-François Touchard – Photographed by Didier Boy de la Tour

Chaumont Viaduct, France

Chaumont Viaduct, France

Inside the Steinway Piano factory

Inside the Steinway Piano factory

Iran

Iran

Jean Dieuzaide, Eglise Romane, 1921

Jean Dieuzaide, Eglise Romane, 1921

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, II Italy by mbell1975 on flickr

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, II Italy by mbell1975 on flickr

Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England

Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England

Scandinavia, via National Geographic

Scandinavia, via National Geographic

The Blue Mosque, Tabriz. Iran

The Blue Mosque, Tabriz, Iran. Image by Ri Za

Design by Gaudi, Casa Mila

Design by Gaudi, Casa Mila

Ouse Valley viaduct

Ouse Valley viaduct

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey Print by Carson Ganci

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey Print by Carson Ganci

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Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan, Iran

mario botta

Design by mario botta

Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra by Samuel Santos, via Flickr

Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra by Samuel Santos, via Flickr

New York City

New York City

Safdarjung Tomb by Renee Vititoe, New Delhi, India

Safdarjung Tomb by Renee Vititoe, New Delhi, India

Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland  by JCNixonPhoto on flickr

Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland by JCNixonPhoto on flickr

Savilla, Spain by kdynamic on Flickr

Savilla, Spain by kdynamic on Flickr

BRAAMCAMP FREIRE Secondary School, LIsbon, Portugal

BRAAMCAMP FREIRE Secondary School, LIsbon, Portugal

The Industrial Cathedral

The Industrial Cathedral

Kyoto, Japan  by tatuya_sss on flickr

Kyoto, Japan by tatuya_sss on flickr

India

India

Park Guell. Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain by RoldixBCN

Park Guell. Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain by RoldixBCN

Munich subway

Munich subway

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Shiraz, Iran

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Shiraz, Iran

Prayer Tunnels

Prayer Tunnels

By Yasir Nisar

By Yasir Nisar

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By Richie 78 on flickr

Mirogoj Cemetery Arcade in Zagreb, Croatia By Richie 78 on flickr

Colorful passage in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Colorful passage in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park via Earth Shots.org

Townhall in Vienna, Austria

Townhall in Vienna, Austria

Puff Adder is a wooden tunnel resembling a snake used for growing lilies in South Africa, architects by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal.

Puff Adder is a wooden tunnel resembling a snake used for growing lilies in South Africa, architects by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal.

Roman galleries under the old Archbishop's Palace of Aeminium , modern Coimbra, Portugal

Roman galleries under the old Archbishop’s Palace of Aeminium , modern Coimbra, Portugal

Wells Cathedral  by Matt Wiebe on flickr

Wells Cathedral by Matt Wiebe on flickr

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Escalator in Umeda Sky Building, Osaka City, Japan

Escalator in Umeda Sky Building, Osaka City, Japan

Rafael Moneo

Design  by Rafael Moneo

 

The Royal stables, Meknes, Morocco

The Royal stables, Meknes, Morocco

Hôtel Thoumieux on the Left Bank, Paris.  created by Thierry Costes and designer India Mahdavi

Hôtel Thoumieux on the Left Bank, Paris. created by Thierry Costes and designer India Mahdavi

Setting sun

Setting sun

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22 thoughts on “Enchanting Arches

  1. They are absolutely marvelous. They make me wonder why are they so melancholic and still wish for me to be there.

  2. No matter our thoughts on Iran, it is a complicated subject, but there is no denying the beauty and phenominal architecture of their arches.

  3. Exquisite collection – thank you very much for putting this slide show together, it is appreciated.

  4. “13th century…” and still standing. How many walls, bridges, arches being built today will be standing as long as this one?

    Being able to lay my hands on buildings 300 years old, while visiting Europe in the 80s, was as meaningful as all else I saw.

    Thank you for sharing with us these beautiful architectural marvels.

  5. The picture “Scandinavia” is Runde Taarn (the round tower) in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has an observatory at the top and a view of all rooftops in Cph.

  6. So many centuries of History built by so many countries of Glory in their magnificent architecture. It would be wonderful if all these countries could be free , friendly and independent with each other.

  7. WOW, what a stunningly beautiful assortment of,….well, sheer beauty, thank you so much for sharing such meaningful beauty, looking forward to much more from you ! ! ! !

  8. Marjorie ..I just love every thing you have sent i am in awe of the photography I dearly love nature the animals are superb .
    Thank you looking forward to the next email

  9. It’s such a great pleasure to enjoy also appreciate each of these stunning architectures and photography beauty , is wonderful and thank you so much !

  10. An excellent collection of art and documentation…it`s an inspiraton to Photographers and lovers of Architecture and Monumental History!

  11. An excellent collection of art work and documentation…It is a treat to the eye of even ordinary people but definitely inspiration to Photographers,Travelers,and those interested in Monuments and History..and of course nature lovers!

  12. It’s amazing how the arch seems to lead us visul ally to the unendiing expanse of our universe. It seems to let us know that there is a never ending spirit availabe to us. as I ly in my hospice bed, I have an arched window to gaze through each day. It tells me I will be able to become part of the universe even if only as molectory energy that goes on and on.

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