Turrets Towers and Temples

Images from Turrets Towers and Temples – The Great Buildings of the World, as Seen and Described by Famous Writers edited and translated by Esther Singleton.

The book was published before 1922 in the USA and is out of copyright.

[picture: Front Cover]

Front Cover

The front cover is green with gold foil.

[picture: St. Mark's.]

St. Mark’s.

St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice, Italy.

[picture: The Cathedral of York]

The Cathedral of York

Better known today as York Minster. The cathedral church of St. Peter was founded in the 7th century; the present building was begun in 1172, but took 300 years to complete. [more...]

[picture: Windsor Castle]

Windsor Castle

This shot really brings out the size of the castle, the largest occupied castle in the world and still today a royal palace.

[picture: The Cathedral of Lincoln.]

The Cathedral of Lincoln.

“The greater part of the front may be as old as the time of its founder, Bishop Remigius,ยน at the end of the Eleventh Century” (p. 132) [more...]

[picture: The Tower of London]

The Tower of London

The main keep (the White Tower) was probably build around 1070, so it’ll be having its thousandth birthday soon.

[picture: Mosque of Cordova]

Mosque of Cordova

The interior of the great Mosque of Cordova, the La Mezquita. Abd al-Rahman I began construction in A.D. 785 (give or take a year). The stones are actually red and white. The building was [...] [more...]

[picture: The Alhambra]

The Alhambra

“When you issue from these dark passages into this large space flooded with light, the effect is similar to that produced by a diorama. You can almost fancy that an enchanter’s wand has transported you to the Orient of four or five centuries ago. Time, which changes everything [...] [more...]



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