Bruges is a small city located an hour from Belgium. After coming from Brussels, the size is contrasting. However, the small size does not mean it doesn’t pack a punch. A UNESCO-listed old town, architecturally rich with well-preserved authentic gems.
As you make your way from the train station to the city centre, (a short 10-minute walk), you come across a multitude of different building styles, sizes and demeanours. From tiny windows to crooked doors, to gates and different colours.
It started in the Industrial Revolution with Gothic Architecture with its full-on Gothic extravagance amid splendid colours, ornate altars and religiously themed art.
Walking really is the best way to see the city of Bruges with its cobbled streets and winding roads, the romance of the city makes it hard not to fall in love with beauty at every turn.
A weekend trip to Brussels during the Christmas Period is not complete without a light show. A 20-minute show shown through the main square in the city centre. Depicting across the buildings, on all four sides, making it a beautiful sight to see.
Stood in the centre, the bright blue lit up Christmas Tree adorned and shining brightly. My pictures don’t do it justice.
As the Christmas Markets have started, the shops and streets are adorned with glitter.
Walking down this shopping street, makes it seem just magical and fairytale like.
The Town Hall during the day looked just as pretty during the day as it did at night. With its majestic structure standing tall.
Belgium architecture like most of Europe is known for its conquests and its occupiers, predominantly, the French and the Dutch so expect beautifully coloured buildings, finesse and style everywhere you turn.
As a pinnacle centre for science and the arts, it has been known for its riches and these have seen investment into its architecture and hence the styles of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still around. Its most predominant styles are Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings. These types of buildings are scattered all over the city.
Victor Horta was a famous designer, known throughout Europe for his contemporary architectural constructions and now you can see his influence and his work in the city.
the capital and home to the European Parliament, with a whole area dedicated to government buildings, hosts a variety of areas each with its own distinct feature.
The city centre also hosts a multitude of comic book characters depicted on the wall.
the UNESCO chocolate box style architecture is dotted around in this small but tightly packed city. Rich and preserved architectural gems scatter alongside the canals making the entire city a walking history tour.
Chicago, nicknamed the Windy City, is true to its name, but it is so much more. Not only does it have the status of being the home of the first skyscraper, it also has character. Something you would not expect from a city that had historical buildings destroyed in a Great Fire and skyscrapers now overlord instead.
The Great Fire and Chicago
When fire strikes, nothing can hold and this was true to the case of Chicago. The whole of the downtown was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. Its historical building ceased to exist. Minus the Water Tower. In the middle of this new and modern city, sits a historical structure, a reminder. A reminder that through the struggle can come great beauty. The Water Tower is like something out of a gothic fairytale with its tall tower overlooking.
Skyscrapers and Chicago
Along the river, which runs through central Chicago are indeed an abundance of skyscrapers, each trying to be outdone by the other. As this can be daunting when looking up, the use of glass is well done as it reflects the water from the river and makes everything calm again. Also, it does, however, make for a beautiful skyline.
Starchitects and Chicago
Every prominent American Architect seems to have had a hand in developing this city, building it from the rubble and testing out new ideas before going off to the big, big city. From various styles including modern and futuristic to traditional and clean cut. The rich history is also reflected by its monuments, such as The Bean.
The Bean and Chicago
When you see pictures of Chicago, you will most definitely end up seeing a picture of the Bean. A Giant metal bean, placed in the park. A simple design yet so effective. Not only is it accessible for all to admire, it has also become a great place to harmonise and take a selfie. A free souvenir for all. And all do descend upon it, old and young, men and wome, some making it a day out with a picnic, some making it part of the tourist trail.
Architectural Sites in Chicago
2) Multan is a Pakistani city located in the Punjab province, located on the banks of the Chenab River.
3) Multani architecture is dotted with a multitude of Sufi mysticism and dozens of shrines. The city was also a travellers hub as a passage from India to the rest of the middle-east.
4) It was also believed to have been conquered by Alexander the Great in 326 BCE but none of the current architecture reflects this.
6) Its location was ideal for travellers alike, as an easy access to modern-day India and the Western world, it provided at times sanction, battlegrounds and market trades.
7) Also, it was situated near a major river, included a walled city and once, a royal citadel. Sadly, this was lost due to being destroyed by the British, however, the remains are still prominent in the city.
10) It is now home to a multitude of caracombs of bazaars and alleyways, situated in its walled city. Large brick walls reinforced by wooden anchors, with inward sloping roofs.Funerary architecture is also reflected in the city’s residential quarters, which also display elements of Multani mausolea.
The architecture of ancient Greece is the architecture produced by the Greeks, best known for its temples, many of which are found throughout the region, mostly as ruins but many substantially intact. The second important type of building that survives all over the Hellenic world is the open-air theatre, with the earliest dating from around 525-480 BC. Other architectural forms that are still in evidence are the processional gateway, the public square, the tombs and stadiums.
Ancient Greek architecture is distinguished by its characteristics, both of structure and decoration. The formal vocabulary of ancient Greek architecture, in particular, the division of architectural style into three defined orders: the Doric Order, the Ionic Order and the Corinthian Order, of which is replicated throughout the Western architecture, even today.
The Greek islands are known for their special architecture, the Cyclades. Most commonly known for its beautiful houses, stones churches and paved town streets. The most characteristic feature of the Cycladic architecture is the colours: blue and white are the dominating colours in all the islands of the complex. In 1936, the Greek prime-minister actually ordered the inhabitants of Cyclades to paint their houses white with blue doors and windows so that these colours match with the blue sky and the white wave foams of Greece. These two colours are also used for churches, as the walls are painted white and the domes are blue. The houses in the Cyclades are small and have a rectangular shape with a flat roof, as the strong winds do not allow the construction of triangular roofs. They are built with stones and bricks and most of them have flowered yards or gardens. The inner streets of the towns are narrow and paved, as in the old times all transportation was done on foot or by donkey.
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