Category - Architecture

A one-men project: The Bishop Castle in Colorado is the largest self-built castle in America

A 15 years old boy decided to save money in order to buy a land where he can build a cottage for him and his family. He found a little place on a mountainside in Colorado and single-handedly started to build his dream house. The small cottage that the boy built was surrounded by rocks which gave an impression to the locals that the place looks like a castle. Little time was needed for the boy to really decide to take their opinion for granted.450px-CastilloBishop2Jim Bishop is working on his fortress for over 50 years now and with every little new addition, he makes the place looks even more magical. At first glance, the castle looks like it comes out of a fairy tale because of the medieval style and the three large cathedral windows. Throughout the years, many people promised to help him with materials and building but they were just empty promises because no one ever showed up which made Bishop’s decision even more firmly to build everything by himself. When asked, he often calls his home “a monument to hardworking people”. castillo castle image 2He gathered thousands of rocks from the San Isabel forest nearby and built a fortress so high that the top peeks out above the trees of the mountain. According to BishopCastle.org, there are three full stories and many little bridges around the whole castle. One of the most fascinating is the Fire-Breathing Dragon in which Bishop installed a burner from a hot-air balloon so that it resembles a real dragon placed on top of the front part of the castle.castillo castle image 3This just proves a point, that if you really want to make a dream come true in life, you have to work hard to make it happen. But, all great accomplishments have their downsides throughout the process. Bishop struggled with the Washington bureaucrats for over 40 years because of the stones that he used from the national forest. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with cancer and decided to make his friend David Merrill the future keeper of the castle. But, it turns out that Merrill is trying to make many changes to the place that Bishop never approved.450px-Vistainterior3castillo castle imageThe castle is always open to the public for free and there was no need for someone to try to make it even more attractive for tourists because it is stunning as it is. Unfortunately, Bishop is still trying to stop Merrill from making further decisions for the place but we can hope that this remarkable monument will stay the same because every person in Pueblo is on Bishop’s side. However, Bishop is still building and has no intentions to stop. Tourists from all over the U.S. come to see the castle and most of them meet with Bishop who when asked why he decided to build it he replies that he always wanted to have a castle and believes that every man wants one for himself.   lossy-page1-800px-thumbnail.tif

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in Iran

When we think of the sunrise we always feel relaxed because the sight of the colors that the sun is giving to us is breathtaking. A new day is born and the joy of light is spreading everywhere. In 1876, the lord of the Qajar dynasty Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Mulk started to build a mosque and his first priority was to give respect to the sun and all its glory. Every morning the whole mosque is filled with gorgeous colors that are spreading from the stained glass onto the floor covered with Persian rugs. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in IranNasir al-Mulk Mosque: The most colorful place in Iran The site is mesmerizing, it looks like a thousand rainbows decided to show up at the same time with a purpose to make every person that comes inside happy. The mosque was completed in 1888 and since then, is one of the most beautiful structures in Iran. Nasir al Mulk showed his faith in the most stunning way which makes even non-religious people feel bliss when they see this kaleidoscopic magnificence. مسجد_نصیرالملک_در_شیرازAccording to irandoostan.com, the architects who designed the mosque were Mohammad Hasan-e Memar and Mohammad Reza Kashi-Saz. They combined art and architecture that can rarely be seen in other parts of the world. Today, the mosque is still used for worship but it is allowed for anyone to come inside. It is known by different names but one of the most popular is The Pink Mosque because of the pink color tiles. 1280px-Nasr_ol_Molk_mosque2Architects are amazed by the structure, art critics can’t say enough to describe its beauty and it is a real paradise for photographers. In the middle of the mosque, there is an open courtyard with a pool surrounded by colorful flowers. The whole place has many arches which are uniquely decorated and the most fascinating parts are their ceilings.Nasr_ol_Molk_mosque_vault_ceiling1280px-Mezquita_de_Nasirolmolk,_Shiraz,_Irán,_2016-09-24,_DD_57-59_HDRAs a national heritage of Iran, the mosque is always under protection and restoration. Its maintained by the Nasir-al-Mulk Endowment Foundation and the man who is in charge for the stained windows and all decorations is Hajj Mirza Ayat. The best time to visit is from 8 to 9 am in the morning when the colorful magic is happening. Similar mosque with stained-glass windows to Nasir-al-Mulk is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.1024px-Nasir_ol_Molk_Mosque,_Shiraz_03

Saint Albans Cathedral: a building of firsts and lasts

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, approximately 20 miles north of the British capital, is a building teeming with firsts and lasts. It is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain, for example. Named after Britain’s first Christian martyr and saint, beheaded by Roman soldiers for his faith in the fourth century, the shrine of Saint Alban behind the high altar has been a site of pilgrimage for 1700 years. 2336565940_8b6c8f8a63_b Dominating the skyline from all around, parts of the current structure date back almost 1000 years, to just 23 years after the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is therefore one of the first Norman cathedrals constructed in the United Kingdom. By the time it was consecrated in the presence of King Henry I, 13 abbots had already served the saint’s shrine since his death.St_Albans_Cathedral_Lady_ChapelWhen constructed, Saint Albans Cathedral was also the largest building of any sort in the country, and today the 144 feet high ‘crossing tower’ (an architectural term meaning a tower at the center point of a cruciform structure) is the only eleventh century example still standing – and one which in part reused Roman-era bricks and flint from the old city of Verulamium.800px-St_Albans_Cathedral_Nave,_Herfordshire,_UK_-_DiliffThe cathedral also contains the longest nave (the central space of a church) in England, stretching a distance of almost 300 feet, and lined with a stark mixture of Norman-era and Gothic style arches that would originally have been plain in decoration. These arches were ornamented with murals depicting the life of Christ and other religious figures in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, making them some of the oldest and most extensive series of medieval wall paintings known. Hidden under whitewash for many years, they were rediscovered once more during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800s.Saint_Albans_Cathedral