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Robert Vasseur House of broken Crockery

Mosaic House from broken crockery, shells, iridescent glass, porcelain by Robert Vasseur

Mosaic House from broken crockery, shells, iridescent glass, porcelain by Robert Vasseur

Robert Vasseur House of broken Crockery. La Maison Cassee Vaisselle or House of broken Crockery is a very interesting tourist attraction located in the town of Louviers, France. Robert Vasseur (1908-2002) and his wife abandoned the traditional exterior walls, but instead painstakingly decorated the house with mosaics of broken crockery, shells, iridescent glass, porcelain. Robert Vasseur was born in 1908, he worked first at the milk factory, then at the textile factory. His passion for Mosaic ornaments began in 1952, when he first got the idea of making repairs in his kitchen. Then he decorated the old kitchen sink with mosaics from broken pieces of old crockery, gluing it with cement.
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Mini-replica of Taj Mahal of precious metals and diamonds

Mini-replica of Taj Mahal of precious metals and diamonds made by Indian jeweler Syed Hanif

Mini-replica of Taj Mahal of precious metals and diamonds made by Indian jeweler Syed Hanif

Mini-replica of Taj Mahal of precious metals and diamonds. Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and symbol of abounding love has become the source of inspiration for jeweler Syed Hanif to create $18.3 million, 3.5 ft high mini-replica of Taj Mahal, featuring 420kgs of precious metals and 8 diamonds. Built by a grieving emperor in memory of his wife, Taj Mahal is famously regarded as the ultimate declaration of love. A team of 35 skilled workmen in Bhopal, India, have already spent more than a year and a half recreating the splendor of the Agra landmark in miniature; from the iconic golden dome to the Arabic calligraphy inscribed on the doors.
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Museum of Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul

Museum of unique Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul, Turkey

Museum of unique Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul, Turkey

The Museum of Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul is actually a large part of the peristyle of the Imperial Palace in Constantinople, which was discovered in the 30s of the last century. The palace literally resurrected from the ashes of the burned buildings of outright market and the former stables of the Ottoman army, which were located on the site of once majestic Imperial Palace. As is often happens, the unique Byzantine mosaics of V-VI centuries were discovered quite by accident, during the construction work in the area Arasta Bazaar in 1933. In the excavations were discovered and removed from the ground about 2 thousand square meters of priceless mosaics made ​​with the greatest art of lime, terracotta and glass 5mm cubes, which number per 1 sq.m. reached 40 thousand.
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Barcelona memory of Antonio Gaudi

Barcelona by Antonio Gaudi

Barcelona by Antonio Gaudi

Barcelona memory of Antonio Gaudi. When Antonio Gaudi was asked why he decorates the top of the domes, as they are not visible from the ground, he answered: “The angels will enjoy them”. At his works you can stare endlessly long as at water or fire, and each time discovering something new. All taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow, only black-and-yellow, by special order of the City Hall, published in 1926. According to Catalan symbolism, black – the color of mourning, yellow – the color of shame. Taxis in Barcelona carry mourning and shame on them. Like everything else in Barcelona, ​​in the memory of Gaudi. Antonio Gaudi died in the city, which he had built. If not Gaudi, there would not be Barcelona. Barcelona got its worldwide fame owing to him, half-mad architect building houses without fancy design of engineers and their developed technologies.
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Stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones

Stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones

Stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones

Stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones (1833 – 1898) – congenial Pre-Raphaelite English painter and designer, one of the most prominent representatives of the “Arts and Crafts Movement.” Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones was born in the English city of Birmingham. Sir Edward Burne-Jones was a unique person widely known throughout the world for his beautiful stained glass windows, which were performed with the closest friend of his life William Morris. They met in Oxford, while studying and then walked through life together. Stained glass windows, made ​​by his sketches and cartoons in the “Morris & Co”, can be seen in churches throughout England.
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The West Coast Weather Vane art

Star Maiden Weathervane

Star Maiden. The West Coast Weather Vanes art studio, California

For The West Coast Weather Vane art studio from California weather vane is not just an instrument for showing the direction of the wind, it is a real art. Each handmade copper weather vane has an interesting story or a myth behind it. The portfolio of The West Coast Weather Vanes team og artists consists of more than 600 unique, one of a kind an architectural ornaments ranging from aquatic to animal, human, and mythological and many more creative designs. The story of Weather Vanes studio began in the autumn of 1988 when a just married couple LizAnne and Ken Jensen went on their honeymoon to New England. While admiring the beautiful scenery, they spotted a shop selling copper weather vanes. The creative duo has recently celebrated 25 years of weather vane making and what is not less important “love what we do even more today than we did the day we started” (LizAnne & Ken Jensen).
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Masterpiece of architectural art Pena Palace

Masterpiece of architectural art Pena Palace

Masterpiece of architectural art Pena Palace

About this Masterpiece of architectural art Pena Palace – English poet Lord Byron in his “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” said “Perhaps this is the most amazing of all that I have seen in Europe”. Pena Palace or Palacio Nacional da Pena (in Portuguese) – one of the most “romantic” castles in the world and one of the main attractions of Portugal. The complex of buildings and landscaped terrain, covering several hundred acres, appeared here in the XIX century, during the reign of King Ferdinand II, who wished to have his summer residence on a high hill near Lisbon.
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