May 27th, 2020
This week Machu Picchu in Peru. A fifteenth century Inca city which was never discovered by the Spanish. A World Heritage Site in a jaw dropping location that you can now visit from the comfort of home via Google Streetview. There are Inca trails up to the site and a fine walk to the top of a nearby mountain overlooking the site. The city is thought to have been abandoned around 1550 at the time of the Spanish conquest. In the foreground is the city gate leading through an area of housing. Further down the hill the D shaped building is the location of a sun temple and royal tomb. The open green is the town square with nobles' houses, the jail and the industrial area on the far side. Some day I will visit properly.
Been exploring around Mt Fuji in Japan this week. This is a view from the Chureito Pagoda which was built in the traditional way in 1963 as part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine. It functions as a peace memorial commemorating the citizens of Fujiyoshida who died in wars from the mid-1800s until World War II. 400 steps lead up from the shrine to the Pagoda but it is clearly worth the effort, especially in April when it is surrounded, as illustrated here, by Cherry blossoms.
May 04th, 2020
You can also explore Angkor Watt in Cambodia another World Heritage Site- the site is reputed to be the largest religious site in the world with associated structures across a vast area. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple by the 12th century. Kehmer art had a profound influence over much of southest Asia and played a fundamental role in its distinctive evolution. It is a visual pleasure to walk around.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.