By M. W. Byrne
Built in the Moorish style with 365 rooms, one for each day of the year, the Sammezzano castle has been used as a residence, a hotel, a gathering location, and a spa and golf course.
A playful carnival feel takes center stage in the basilica of this Notre-Dame cathedral done up in Neo-Bizantine form and given arabesque decorations to create an airy sensibility that offers a light.
Acoustically wonderful and complex, this is the work of architect Zaha Hadid who chose sealed and flexed white oak to form the ceiling and walls, arcing down to devise a womb-like feel that seems to be floating in space, fluid and graceful.
Beautifully crennelated, it’s difficult to believe this is done with mud brick decorated by Rezza Abbasi, noted calligrapher and miniaturist who managed to make a mosaic out of polished and fired clays that reflect the sunlight in dazzling patterns.
Simplistic and understated, the Round Temple was created by the Knights Templar in the 12th centry and reflects the ideology inherent in the Templars, which is holy grace, devotion to purity, and humility before God.
Unfinished and glorious, it costs a 50 cent Euro piece to light up this oil painting byGian Antonio Fumiani which gives the illusion of extending the Baroque church upward, showing a chaotic, angelic scene.
Church’s get a lot of attention for their ceilings, but few of them are as fun as sitting in the bottom of a barrel at the Guinness Storehouse. Pint in hand, of course.