First, in traditional architecture:
Then, a modern adaptation:
I was told that the tall narrow apparatus that looks like a crane, on the top of both sections of the high rise, is actually a part of the irrigation system that keeps all this plant material alive.
Apparently the first high rise has been quite successful, for as you can see, a second high rise is going up nearby.
When I was in Milano at Christmas, I saw this beautiful galleria decked to the 9s. It was a bit less hectic today, and, even without the Christmas finery, this early shopping mall is still a sight to behold. I enjoyed it from inside and underneath the glass ceiling, but then I went hunting for a way to get outside and on top of the galleria. Do you think I found a way?
If you said “no,” then you don’t know me very well! I have the will and I find the way!
So, here it is from the outside, above the rooftop.
The elaborate facade on the Florence duomo was not created until the 1880s. Here’s a side by side of the duomo as it looks today, and the unfinished facade as work began in 1883.
In a church decorated with lots of New World gold. Sant’ Anna, Genova.