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Architectural Art Check out these 5 beautiful ceilings

There are ceilings, and there are ceilings that have you gazing at them in wonder, here are five of those.

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1. Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire:

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Ely Cathedral

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The cathedral was completed in 1334 by royal carpenter, William Hurley. The beautiful timber lantern hanging over the central octagonal tower of the cathedral is one of the highlights of medieval engineering.

The lantern has Christ in Glory and design carved in the middle. The lantern is 30 feet high and it is upheld by a timber fan vaulting which is visible and a lattice of oak beams which are hidden.

There are wooden panels which can be opened around the lantern decorated with angels and choristers sang through these panels, representing the heavenly choir. 

2. Shah Mosque, Isfahan:

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Shah Mosque

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The Persian capital was moved to Isfahan by Shah Abbas in 1598. Then he commissioned a number of beautiful buildings for civic and religious purposes.

The Shah mosque was designed by an expert calligrapher and miniaturist, Rezza Abbasi. The ceiling has blue, yellow, turquoise, pink and green tiles reflect the light in a puddle of colours. 

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3. Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Temple of Heaven, Beijing:

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Hall of Prayer

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Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings. The complex was completed in 1420 during the reign of the Ming Dynasty Yongle emperor.

The three tiered Hall is 125 feet tall and it was constructed without nails. The columns and rafters slot together to create the impressive structure.

The Hall has distinctive colours representing the different manifestations of  good fortune, joy and prosperity. 

4. St Stephen Walbrook, London:

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This church was designed by Christopher Wren and it is an architectural masterpiece of 17th Century Europe. The church has a coffered dome that is on eight Corinthian columns and eight arches with clear windows.

The dome is made of timber, plaster and copper and it is 63 feet high.

5. Castello di Sammezzano, Leccio, Italy:

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Castello di Sammezzano

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This abandoned palazzo has a room, the Peacock Room that contains the best decor you ever saw. Peacocks inspired the decor of this place.

The design is the handiwork of Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragona, an Italian architect, engineer, botanist, philosopher and politician.

The place used to be a hotel in the 20th Century, however, it is not in use today.

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