Sunday, February 26, 2006

The vault

We are in an appartment of the downtown. It is a five meters height vaulting ceiling. The construction of the huge style begun in the 13 th century. It is a gigentic and unique work of art, built using architectural techniques far ahead of its time. Mr Grimm the owner of the appartment let me take this photo. He ask me not to pay attention at the cobwebs! ok, but I can't see any cobwebs??


Blogger Lisi said...

Nice color and good got it very symmetrical too.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Michael Blamey said...

There seems to be a lot of this red brick in Toulouse - bridge buidlings. Is it part of the broader visual character of the town?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

That 's why they call it "la ville rose", the pink city .

Thanx for all the magnificent photos.

10:35 AM  
Blogger JTO said...

In response to Mr Blameys question : the reason for the abundance of red brick buildings in Toulouse is the fact that stone was extremely expensive due to the distance it had to travel to get here; there is very little stone that could be used in construction in the region.

François de Clary had a go at building the façade of his private residence in stone but ran out of cash and, although he managed to get the stone he needed, the sculpting of it was not completed until the 19th century, long after his death (see Hôtel de Pierre or Hôtel de Clary).

1:28 AM  

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