Yesterday, I visited my fellow Aussie Lillian in her Dutch home Utrecht. A smaller version of Amsterdam, we followed the leaf strewn canals to ‘Domplein’ (Dom square). The square is composed of the medieval Dom Tower, the university of Utrecht (one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands), and the Gothic Cathedral. ‘De pandhof van de Dom’ the courtyard garden was built in the 15th century and in each relief above the windows we saw the life of the legendary Saint Martin carved out from stone; casting out the devil dragon, being proclaimed as the people’s bishop, and nearly being crushed by the heathen’s pine tree (pesky heathens 🌲). In Australia, we grew up watching Miffy the rabbit. Miffy (Nijntje in Dutch) was actually created in Utrecht, by Dutch author Dick Bruna. So naturally, we had to go to the Nijntje Museum! His primary coloured creations were displayed as an interactive and exciting experience for the younger fans. Bruna’s books are imaginative, committed to helping children learn about real life situations such as hospitals and road safety. Bruna gave so much of himself to his community and it was wonderful to see this tribute.
We went over the road to the Centraal Museum to see The Line Up exhibition, drawings from the 1950s until now from all ages with all colours, styles, and individual stories.
Judith came to join us in the afternoon, taking us to the pop up Harry Potter store in celebration of the new Fantastic Beasts film! I love learning how other languages translate Harry Potter. Hogwarts? You mean Zweinstein! Their life sized Lego Hagrid and Harry were so bloody cool!
On the way to the cellar bars along the cobblestone streets we found Utrecht’s Walk of Fame for their Dutch film stars. I found the golden plated hands and feet of Carice van Houten, one of the most famous Dutch actresses. Those of us who are Game of Thrones fans know her as Melisandre the Red Woman 😍🔥❤️
We finished the night hidden from the cold, drinking autumn beers 🍻🍂🍁❤️
À mon sens, peu de choses sont aussi belles que les bras tendus des arches d'un bâtiment gothique, joints dans la symphonie des couleurs des vitraux. Peu importe combien il y en a dans une ville, je tente de voir toutes les églises gothiques, un sourire béat aux lèvres.
Templo del Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸 Repost: @ken4photo
⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ ➕ Templo del Tibidabo is a church situated at the top of the Tibidabo Mountain in Spain
➕Although this church appears to be in the Neo-Gothic style (famous in the 1740s till 1800s) it was built recently. The construction for the Templo del Tibidabo began in 1902 and took 60 years to complete.
➕ Templo del Tibidabo means Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This church is thus compared to Paris’ Sacre Coeur
Incredible architecture, don’t you think?
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Amiens Cathedral, jamb figures from the central portal, c. 1225-30. Brilliantly lit and "polychromed" for the son et lumière show last summer. We often talk about how Gothic portals were once a blaze of color, but seeing them in their "original" painted state is a dazzling (and occasionally unnerving) experience. The relentless variety, not just of colors but also of textures and geometric patterns -- all piled and heaped up on top of one another -- has really transformed the way I look at medieval sculpture.
The figures are (from l. to r.): Nahum, Daniel, Ezekiel, St. Simon, St. Phillip, St. Matthew, St. Thomas, St. James the Great, and St. Paul.