Looking Up at Painted Ceilings From Around the World

Almost the first thing I do when I enter a building is look up. There’s a world of different ceilings up there so for this post I have limited myself to painted ceilings.

Dragons fly around the ceiling of the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb in Hue, Vietnam
Dragons on the Ceiling of a Royal Tomb in Hue Painted pattern on the ceiling of Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar
Painted Pattern on Ceiling of Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar The vaulted Gothic ceiling of Hesdin Cathedral in France with subtly painted scenes of holy happenings. The vaulted Gothic ceiling of Hesdin Cathedral in FranceBrightly-painted ceiling in a temple in Bundi, India. Brightly-painted ceiling in a temple in Bundi, IndiaBrightly-painted ceiling in a Hindu temple in Singapore. Brightly-painted ceiling in a Hindu temple in SingaporePainted ceiling in the Escher Museum in Den Haag, Holland. It almost looks as if it’s made of porcelain or enamel but I’m not sure they make ceilings out of such things! Painted ceiling in the Escher Museum in Den Haag, HollandOrozco’s masterpiece “Man of Fire” on the domed ceiling of the Hospicio Cabañas in the colonial city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The Hospicio even has strategically-placed benches to lie on and look up in wonder. Orozco's painted ceilingsThe interior dome of the Toledo Cathedral in Spain is painted with a heavenly scene ringed by sculptures of cherubs. The interior dome of the Toledo Cathedral in Spain is painted with a heavenly scene ringed by sculptures of cherubsPainted ceiling in the Ghent Train Station, Belgium.Painted ceiling in the Ghent Train Station, BelgiumSubtle paint high-lights the wooden ceiling featuring bat-like angels in the Stamford Church in England. Wood ceiling featuring bat-like angels in the Stamford Church in EnglandThe ceiling of the Geological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark looks like something out of a movie set – I kept expecting a wizard to pop out at me. (Part of the city’s Museum of Natural History.)Ceiling of the Museum of Natural History in Copenhagen, DenmarkMore of Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Look Up.

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17 responses to “Looking Up at Painted Ceilings From Around the World

  1. Wonderful. I think painted ceilings are the best parts of many buildings. The colorful Asian ceiling are fabulous. I am so sad I missed the Geological Museum in Copenhagen when I was there. Your photo gives me a reason to go back. 🙂

  2. How wonderful! There is a different world contained in ceilings. Love this perspective. My yoga practice comes in handy, when I travel, as those backbends serve me well, when looking up. 🙂

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