Columns receding into darkness at the beautiful 19th century Chijmes complex in Singapore, a former convent that is now heritage-listed.
The tones and shapes through these arches at Chijmes in central Singapore caught my eye. A re-launched entertainment and dining complex, it derives its name from its original life as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ).
Lying at the city center and called Gu Gong in Chinese, it was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the emperor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’, which is surrounded by looped city wall and moat.
This photo was taken after a strong storm at time of sunset on July 21, 2014 for the northeast watchtower of the Forbidden City.
Notice the size of these two matching rectangular segments in this (unedited) shot of exposed bricks on the façade of this building in Penang’s historic George Town area? I reckon someone removed two old air-conditioning units and just bricked up the gaps. George Town is Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. D’you reckon the colour scheme resembles Wedgwood pottery?
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The Louvre art museum in Paris, France – captured on my visit in January 2015.
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