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 →

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 →

Reflection of harbour buildings and yaughts. Honfleur, Normandy, France.

“Honfleur is one of those few unique places that is truly unique in Europe. This historic medieval city port has a central basin around which are tall narrow house clad with slate shingle tiles to create an architecture that is both unique and picturesque. To sit in one of Honfleurs’ port side cafes and sip Pastis and become inspired by Honfleurs’ beauty as impressionist painter Claude Monet used to do is one of the great experiences France has to offer. Hope you enjoy the photos”, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of Honfleur and France Download Honfleur Photos or Buy Prints Download picturesRead More →

Arabesque Moorish architecture and pond of the Court of the Myrtles of the Palacios Nazaries, Alhambra. Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

The Alhambra Palace is one of the great Islamic Moorish Palaces of Spain. The last Islamic Caliphate it fell finally on January 2, 1492 ending a 700 year Islamic presence on the Peninsular. Much of the Islamic Alhambra was built over by successive Spanish Kings but one area of the Islamic Palace remarkably survived and today gives a glimpse of the sumptuous architecture and wall decorations that once filled the citadel of the Alhambra. A delight and a remarkable testament to its Berber rulers the Alhambra is true eye candy even for the most seasoned and jaded traveler. I hope you enjoy the photos ,Read More →

Castildeterra rock formation in the Bardena Blanca area of the Bardenas Riales Natural Park, Navarre, Spain

Bardenas Reales Narural Park is just south of the Pyrenese in central northern Spain and a visit will give one of the biggest surprises that any traveler will encounter in Spain. On entering the Bardenas Reales Natural Park you may be forgiven for thinking you have been transported to the high deserts of California. The Bardenas Reales look more like Monument valley than a region of Spain. Its strange rock formations and desert landscape look like the backdrop of a Spaghetti Western. I hope you enjoy these photo, Paul Williams.   See More of Our Photos of The Bardenas Reales and Spain Download Bardenas RealesRead More →