Picture of Neo-Hittite orthostat describing the legend of Gilgamesh from Karkamis,, Turkey. Ancora Archaeological Museum. Symetrical mythological Scene depicting "Winged Griffin Demons", half men with birds heads & wings. Their hands are raised above their heads supposidly carrying the sky. 3

“One of my favourite art styles of the ancient world is that of the Hittites. The ancient Hittites disappeared from the archaeological record and were only rediscovered in the late 18th century. Hittite relief panels depict the myriad of Gods and mythical beings they venerated and the creative minds of the Hittite artists produced strange beings using a simple naive style that is both direct and endearing to modern eyes. I really hope you enjoy my photos of Hittie art, probably the largest collection on the web”, Paul Williams. See More of Our Photos of Hittite Art Download Hittite Art Photos or Buy Prints DownloadRead More →

Greek Orthodox Monastery of All Saints Varlaam, Meteora Mountains - Greece

“The Meteora Monasteries perched high on pillars of rock in the centre of Greece are one of the top landmark sites in Europe. The medieval Greek Orthodox Monasteries demonstrate how far Christian were prepared to go in search of tranquility to pesue their devotions t God. An incredible site at dawn or dusk I hope you enjoy my Meteora Photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of the Meteora Monasteries, Greece Download Meteora Monasteries Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Greece Beautiful Art Photos of Hadrians Villa Tivoli, Italy At the northwest edge of the fertile Plain of Thessaly inRead More →

Gothic painted Panel Altarpiece of Saint Vincent by Master of Estopanya. Tempera and gold leaf on wood. Circa 1350-1370. 199 x 255 x 10 cm. Comes from Estopanyà (Baixa Ribagorça, Huesca).. National Museum of Catalan Art, Barcelona, Spain, inv no: 003940-CJT

“One of the greatest collection of Gothic art can be found in the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona. The collection focuses on Catalan Gothic art and comprises wonderful tryptic panels, Gothic sculptures and Gothic paintings. An incredible collection and I hope you enjoy my photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Gothic art Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Gothic Art and Historic Buildings Download pictures & Images of Medieval Art Photos of the Gothic Art of The Catalan Art Museum Barcelona One of the most spectacular and important collections of Gothic artRead More →

Chaldean Assyrian relief sculpture slab from the northwest palace of King Ashurnasirpal II of a Genie standing. 881-859 B.C form Nimrud or Ni=mrut ( Kalhu or Kalah). Istanbul Archaeological exhibit Inv. No. 5.

“One of the most recognisable bas relief sculpture styles of the ancient world was produced by the Assyrians. The Assyrian panels were designed to intimidate and exclaim the power and glory of the Assyrian rulers and their success at subjugating their enemies. Envoys and vassal kings coming to pay homage at the great Assyrian palaces would be left in no doubt, as they passed the panels on to way to prostrate themselves at the foot of the Assyrian ruler, that to cross the Assyrians would lead to their destruction. Hope you enjoy my Assyrian panel photos “, Paul Williams.   See More of Our PhotosRead More →

Photo & pictures of Pamukkale Travetine Terrace, Turkey. Photography of the white Calcium carbonate rock formations. Buy as stock photos or as photo art prints. 3

“Pamukkale is one of truly unique places. It is visible on the hill side it occupies from miles away as a white gash that runs down the hill. On closer inspection it can be seen to be a series of calcified white travertine pools that run down the hill side fed by a hot spring. The waters have been controlled since Roman times to produce one of the most spectacular water features in the world. I hope you enjoy my photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Pamukkale Rock Formations Download Pamukkale Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of TurkeyRead More →

Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) an Italian Renaissance courtyard (1540-72) with Arabesque Mudéjar style plaster work, Alcazar of Seville, Seville, Spain

“The fact that the Iberian Peninsular, apart from the far north west, was ruled for over 700 years from 711 by Islamic rulers who called it Al-Andalus, is often glossed over by Christian historians who did their best to bury the whole period. Great buildings, like the Alcazar of Seville, keep the Moorish Berber legacy alive with its incredible Arabesque architecture that shows the skill of the Islamic craftsmen that once lived in present day Spain. I hope you enjoy these Alcazar of Seville photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of the Alcazar of Seville and Spain Download Alcazar of Seville PhotosRead More →

The Merry Cemetery ( Cimitirul Vesel ), Săpânţa, Maramares, Northern Transylvania, Romania. The naive folk art style of the tombstones created by woodcarver Stan Ioan Pătraş (1909 - 1977) who created in his lifetime over 700 colourfully painted wooden tombstones with small relief portrait carvings of the deceased or with scenes depicting them at work or play or surprisingly showing the violent accident that killed them. Each tombstone has an inscription about the person, sometimes a light hearted limerick in Romanian.

“When I die I wish I could be buried in a Merry Cemetery and have a carved wooden head stone that told of my short time on this planet. The Cemetery of Sapanta is an incredible place where you can introduce yourself and find out about the ex inhabitants of the Village. All Cemeteries should be like this. Enjoy the photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Merry Cemetery Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Romania Photos of the charming the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania Photos and pictures of the Merry Cemetery in theRead More →

Interior of The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) or Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey. Built from 1609 to 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I the interior is decorated with Iznik tiles.

‘One of the greatest architectural decorative forms is the Arabesque. Arab mathematicians created incredibly intricate designs in plaster, tiles, and wood to decorate their palaces. Based on Islamic ideas theological ideas that banned representations of God, Islamic designers glorified God by producing intricate designs that demonstrated the eternal depths of Gods being. To this end this gallery of photos is dedicated to the great Islamic craftsmen, I hope you enjoy the photos.’ Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Arabesque Architecture Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Islamic Art and Architecture Beautiful Art Photos of ArabesqueRead More →

Photo of statue head of Antiochus I - Mount Memrut - Turkey

“One of the most spectacular mausoleums of the ancient world is 6000 ft up on the top of Mount Nemrut in Turkey. The top of the mountain was sliced off and the mausoleum of Antiochus I Theos of Commagene was built and covered with a loose stones that form a gigantic protective pyramid that caps the peak. To get up at dawn and see the sun rise on ancient statue heads high above the glistening Euphrates river below is a life changing experience. I hope you enjoy my photos”, Paul Williams. See More of Our Photos of Nemrut Dagi and Turkey Download Nemrut Dagi PhotosRead More →

Adobe buildings of the Berber Ksar or fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Sous-Massa-Dra Morocco

“To walk across a wide shingled dry river bed to Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco is like walking back in time. The Adobe buildings of Ait Ben Haddou are both Bibloical and Arabesque and have been used for the backdrop of films on the Bible and in Lawrence of Arabia. Ait Ben Haddou is a tuely time locked village that deserves its UNESCO World Heritage Status. I hope you enjoy mu photos of Ait Ben Haddou”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Ait Ben Haddou and Morocco Download Ait Ben Haddou Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & Images of Morocco BeautifulRead More →

Photo of colorful fishing housesthe fishing port of Vernazza at sunrise, Cinque Terre National Park, Ligurian Riviera, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the most beautiful parts of the Ligurian coast is the Cinque Terre, 5 villages that are linked by a pathway that leads walkers through the high vineyards of the rocky Ligurian coast. Some of the villages are perched high on cliffs while others were until recent times only accessible by foot or boat. The time locked villages of the Cinque Terre are one of the many jewels in the Italian crown. I hope you enjoy my photos , Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of the Cinque Terre Coast Italy Download Cinque Terre Photos or Buy Prints Download pictures & ImagesRead More →

The Canopus, an elongated canal imitating the famous sanctuary of Serapis near Alexandria. The semi-circular exedra of the Serapeum is located at its southern end, dedicated to the gods Isis and Serpis which was probably used as a banqueting hall. Hadrian’s Villa ( Villa Adriana ) built during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD, Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Emperor Hadrian is one of the best known Roman Emperors. He left his name attached to monumental Roman building works such as Hadrains’ Wall and the beautiful Villa Adriana at Tivoli. Hadrian was, like all Romans, a great lover of spending the day in the Baths so at Tivoli he used underground water to create many great baths where he could entertain the great and the good of Imperial Rome and conduct business in a typical way. I hope you enjoy my photos of Villa Adriana”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Villa Adriana Tivoli Download Hadrians Villa Tivoli Photos or BuyRead More →