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Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 1)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Have you ever been to a place that you know you will never forget?  A place whose beauty and enchantment is certain to leave an impression?  I usually find the most beauty in God’s natural wonders, but every now and then, a man-made structure will leave me in awe.  The great cathedrals of Europe are certainly gorgeous and whenever I see them, I am always impressed (how can you not be??).  But a few years ago, a location within the busy and chaotic streets of Cairo surprised me with its beauty.  I wasn’t expecting to see such a magical and enchanting place - the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  I’ll take you inside the Mosque in the next blog post – because, yes – it’s that cool that it needs its very own post!  But even the way leading to the Mosque is a sight to see…

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The mosque sits inside the Citadel, whose massive walls were built starting in 1176 (aka – a really, really long time ago).  From atop the Citadel’s walls, we could see far across the city of Cairo, with its smoggy horizon filled with pointy minarets and domes. 

High atop the wall of the Citadel

High atop the wall of the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

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As we made our way to the entrance of the Mosque, we entered into a courtyard.  We were surrounded by incredibly detailed architecture and antique, broken lights that oozed character and charm.  It was also pretty amusing to see the attention we received as our blonde, American features stood out like a sore thumb.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are quite a few pictures of me floating around Egyptian teenage boys’ homes.  I can’t blame them – I’m just as fascinated with their country and culture!

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An intricate courtyard window 

An intricate courtyard window 

Stay tuned for pictures from inside the Mosque!  In the meantime, you can view more images from Egypt here in the Etsy print shop.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

While studying the gorgeous gothic details of Notre Dame in art history class, I decided then and there that I would have to see this architectural wonder with my own eyes one day.  Now several years later, I've been fortunate enough to visit Paris and its cathedral more than once.  I think that no matter how many times I may visit, the beauty of Notre Dame will never disappoint.

Front of the Cathedral

Front of the Cathedral

Gargoyles "guarding" the exterior

Gargoyles "guarding" the exterior

Rose window inside the Cathedral

Rose window inside the Cathedral

Abstract interpretation of the rose window

Abstract interpretation of the rose window

A view upwards

A view upwards

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View more images of Paris and get prints for your home here in the Etsy print shop.

Rome: For the Architecture of It

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Great food, amazing history, beautiful sunshine...all things that would make Rome a top destination to visit. Many probably don’t think of Rome's architecture as its top draw, but for some of us (those with a couple of architects in the family and a brief past stint in art history), the city’s architectural history is mesmerizing.  I mean, just look at those Corinthian, Doric and Ionic columns!  Anyway, even the casual admirer can enjoy Rome’s great architectural gems…

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Ruins of a Roman bath

Ruins of a Roman bath

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

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The Forum

The Forum