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Ruben Philipsen  Artist with a camera/Teacher of Arts & Art History/Receptionist at Maastricht University (© All rights reserved - all pictures shown are mine)

Angel (putto) carrying a helmet in the Royal Château de Blois, France,1998

The Royal Château de Blois is located in the Loir-et-Cherdépartement in the Loire Valley. The residence of several French kings, it is also the place where Joan of Arc went in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans.

Built in the middle of the town Blois that it effectively controlled, the château of Blois comprises several buildings constructed from the 13th to the 17th century around the main courtyard.
It has 564 rooms and 75 staircases although only 23 were used frequently. There is a fireplace in each room. There are 100 bedrooms.

In 1841, under the direction of King Louis-Philippe, the Château de Blois was classified as a historic monument. It was restored under the direction of the architect Felix Duban, to whom is due the painted decoration on walls and beamed ceilings. The château was turned into a museum. On view for visitors are the supposed poison cabinets of Catherine de' Medici. Most likely this room, the "chamber of secrets", had a much more banal purpose: exhibiting precious objects for guests.

Today, the château is owned by the town of Blois and is a tourist attraction. The ornate ceiling of the central 17th century staircase is decorated with several putti flying around carrying various martial attributes such as a shield, a lance and a helmet. During restauration one of them was taken down and replaced. It is exhibited on the groundfloor. This pictute was originally a diapositive or colorslide taken with my old Minolta 3000i analog reflex camera. No photo editing was done.
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The domed chapel of the Roman Catholic cemetery St. Petrus Banden, The Hague, 2012

The Roman Catholic monumental cemetery of St. Petrus Banden is located in The Hague near Scheveningen. It is a beautiful, peaceful place for a walk, and there are special routes that take you past the graves of notable people. The Hague's historically significant cemetery St. Petrus Banden was designed by architect A. Tollus in 1830. Close to the beach and surrounded by forest, St. Petrus Banden is both intimate and prestigious.
The monumental chapel and arcade both make a visit to the graveyard worthwhile. You can come in through the historical entrance with the beautiful cast iron fence and walk along an avenue lined with linden trees to the chapel, dating back to 1838 and also designed by A. Tollus. The impressive arcade was designed and built in 1885 by architect W.B. van Liefland.

Nowadays, people of all faiths are buried at St. Petrus Banden, but the cemetery's Catholic character is still strongly in evidence in its symmetrical form, based on the symbol of the Catholic cross. The graves of Catholic priests lie beneath the arcade, and the chapel and arcade are decorated with Catholic texts and symbols.
Appart from being known as the seat of The International Court of Justice The Hague is renowned for its nineteenth century architecture and is home to some of the most beautiful Neoclassical and Jugenstil buildings in the Netherlands.
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Abbaye de Fleury, Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire, France, 1998.

Enter a haven of spirituality where meditation goes hand in hand with wonder. Nestled in a meander of the river Loire, the charming village of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is home to one of the most beautiful jewels of Romanesque architecture: an 11th and 12th century basilica whose most remarkable features are the church tower adorned with twelve ornamented capitals, the mounumental gate and the nave. In the crypt, a shrine preserves the precious remains of Saint-Benoît whose principles are still followed in the life of the community of monks to this day. The church is all that remains of this prestigious abbey, as the monastic buildings were destroyed during the French Revolution.
The crypt, which was built in the second half of the 11th century, is arranged around a heavy, hollow pillar, with arches springing from it to form a double ambulatory. This place of silence and contemplation enables pilgrims to meditate and pray before the relics of St Benedict, which are kept in the pillar and whose healing powers were thought to have given rise to several miracles...
This pictute was originally a diapositive or colorslide taken with my old Minolta 3000i analog reflex camera back in the late ninetees of the twentieth century...God, I'm getting old! No photo editing was done as editing software was hardly ever used back then.
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Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, Wachendorf, Germany, 2015.
"In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction.” This quote from Peter Zumthor rings true in his design of Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, where a mystical and thought-proving interior is masked by a very rigid rectangular exterior (also see a picture of the chapels extetior I posted before). Bruder Klaus Field Chapel all began as a sketch, eventually evolving to become a very elegant yet basic landmark in Germany’s natural landscape. Peter Zumthor's design was constructed by local farmers who wanted to honor their patron saint, Bruder Klaus of the 15th century.
Arguably the most interesting aspects of the chapel are found in the methods of construction, beginning with a wigwam made of 112 tree trunks. Upon completion of the formwork, layer after layer of concrete was poured onto the existing surface, each around 50cm thick. When the concrete of all 24 layers had set, the wooden inner frame was set on fire, eventually leaving behind a hollowed blackened cavity and charred walls.

The unique roofing surface of the interior is balanced by a floor of frozen molten lead. Gaze is pulled up by way of obvious directionality, to the point where the roof is open to the sky and night stars. This controls the weather of the chapel, as rain and sunlight both penetrate the opening and create an ambience or experience very specific to the time of day and year.
Peter Zumthor: “To me, buildings can have a beautiful silence that I associate with attributes such as composure, self-evidence, durability, presence, and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well; a building that is being itself, being a building, not representing anything, just being.”
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View through an oval shaped opening in one of the steel walls of a maze on the old mining site C-mine, Genk, Belgium, 2017.

This oval shaped opening in one of the steel walls of a maze on the former mining site of C-mine in the city of Genk (Belgium) almost appears to be a mirror of some sort.
The maze consists of numerous spaces with subtle details like this one hidden everywhere. The steel maze is an expression of what C-mine stands for: a site that produces creativity and wants to inspire you. The maze is designed by the art and architecture duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (Pieterjan Gijs en Arnout Van Vaerenbergh), the young designers who already managed to surprise the area with their ‘see-through church’ in Borgloon (Belgium). The maze, like a labyrinth, is an ancient pattern found all over the world. They are of many types sharing a single overall design. Their origin is as mysterious and their uses are as varied as their patterns are. All mazes are a kind of game, but that does not negate their seriousness. According to Hindu lore, the universe itself is a game, a lila, that the gods play.

A maze is a complex collection of paths that lead from a beginning point to a center.

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Wells Cathedral, central or crossing tower, 2009

By the time Wells Cathedral was finished in 1306 it was already too small for the developing liturgy, and unable to accommodate increasingly grand processions of clergy. An other phase of building was initiated under master mason Thomas of Whitney during which the central tower was heightened and an eight-sided Lady chapel was added at the east end by 1326. Ralph of Shrewsbury followed, continuing the eastward extension of the choir and retrochoir beyond. He oversaw the building of Vicars' Close and the Vicars' Hall, to give the men who were employed to sing in the choir a secure place to live and dine, away from the town and its temptations.
John Harewell raised money for the completion of the west front by William Wynford, who was appointed as master mason in 1365. One of the foremost architects of his time, Wynford worked for the king at Windsor, Winchester Cathedral and New College, Oxford. At Wells, he designed the western towers of which north-west was not built until the following century. In the 14th century, the central piers of the crossing were found to be sinking under the weight of the crossing tower which had been damaged by an earthquake in the previous century. Strainer arches, sometimes described as scissor arches (also see one of my earlier posts) were inserted by master mason William Joy to brace and stabilise the piers as a unit.

Although vertical lines are characteristic for Gothic architecture the English version of this midieval building style always seems to be more horizontal in appearance then its counterpart on the continent.
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Castle of Montségur, France, 2012

The Château de Montségur is probably the best known of all Cathar Castles. It is famous as the last Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10 month siege in 1244. A field below the hilltop castle is reputed to be the site where over 200 Cathars were burned alive, having refused to renounce their faith.
A building on this site sheltered a community of Cathar women at the end of the twelfth century. Early in the thirteenth, Raymond de Pereille the co-seigneur and Chatelain, was asked to make it defensible, anticipating the problems to come.

Standing on top of the mountain you can get a good sense of the aerial perspective or atmospheric perspective surrounding you; the effect the atmosphere has on the appearance of objects as they are viewed from a distance. As the distance between an object and a viewer increases, the contrast between the object and its background decreases, and the contrast of any markings or details within the object also decreases. The colours of the object become less saturated and shift towards the background colour, which is usually blue, but under some conditions may be some other colour (for example, at sunrise or sunset distant colours may shift towards red)
The present ruin of the castle of Montségur is open to the public, as is a museum in the nearby modern village of Montségur. There is an entrance fee for both.
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Dutch flag above my front door in honnor of Laberation Day.

In the Netherlands, Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May 5th to mark the end of the occupation by the extreme right-wing and rascist regime of the Nazi's during World War II.

On May 4th the Dutch remember the people who were murdered, fought and died during World War II and wars in general in a ceremony called "Dodenherdenking". There are remembrance gatherings all over cities and in the country, the better-known at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam and at the Waalsdorpervlakte in the dunes near The Hague, one of the infamous Nazi execution places. Throughout the country two minutes of silence is observed at eight o'clock in the evening. On May 5th the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held at most places in the Netherlands with parades of veterans and 14 musical festivals through the whole country.

In the 1930's and 40's the National Socialist Party was all about Nationalism and power, everything else was a means to an end, including the word socialism in its name. Socialism was a popular word in the first half of the twentieth century, it made people feel like the state cared about them and not just about its own power. But that doesn't mean the Natiolist Socialist Party was socialist in any way we'd recognize today, it wasn't. The nazis misused the word to their own advantage, meanwhile campaigning on the rejection of German humiliation (and war debts) from the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and nationalist expansionism. They came to power, votewise, largely by taking the place of the previous major right-wing-authoritarian party called DNVP (German National People's Party). They were explicitly anti-socialist and anti-communist. When in absolute power they used a capitalist economy and many big companies infact funded the fascist regime.
Personally I raise the flag each year on May 5th in honnor of those who gave their lives for my freedom but also as a symbol of tolorance; a reminder that we should be tearing down the walls of division instead of building them...
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Mercury and Minerva on the roof of the porticus in the garden of the Rubens House, Antwerp, Belgium, 2008

One of Antwerp’s most interesting and unique museums is the Rubens House, the former residence and workshop of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Serving as the artist’s main residence for the last 30 years of his life, the Rubens House was purchased by him in 1610 and subsequently renovated and expanded according to his own designs. The city of Antwerp has owned the property since 1937. And since 1946 the Rubens House has been open to the public as a museum, giving visitors a glimpse into the life and art of a renowned 17th century nobleman, diplomat, architect, illustrator, and master painter.

Like Hermes, Mercury was a god of messages, eloquence and of trade, particularly of the grain trade. He was also considered a god of abundance and commercial success, particularly in Gaul, where he was said to have been particularly revered. Like Hermes he was the Romans' psychopomp, leading newly deceased souls to the afterlife. Additionally, Ovid wrote that Mercury carried Morpheus' dreams from the valley of Somnus to sleeping humans.

Minerva was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commere, weaving, and the crafts. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolised her association with wisdom and knowledge as well as, less frequently, the snake and the olive tree.

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