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Looking up...

Many people enter a room and fail to look up (or down at the floor). But that would be to miss what is often the most spectacular part of the room. This set contains photos of ceilings from churches as well as secular buildings all over the world.
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    Ellipse in San Carlino
    The elliptical dome of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane on the Quirinal Hill in Rome is a stunning …
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    St Monica's Chapel Ceiling
    The ceiling in St Monica's chapel, in the church of Sant'Agostino in Rome is by Giovanni Battista …
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    Our Lady crowned by the Holy Trinity
    "The Virgin Mary, in her docile humility, became the handmaid of divine Love: she accepted the …
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    Tate Rotunda
    Looking up towards the dome of the entrance Rotunda of the Tate Britain. Source: Lawrence OP on …
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    Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
    Detail from the ceiling of Cumnock's Catholic parish church, by William Burges, c.1882. The angel …
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    Angels in the Apse
    The Catholic church of St John the Evangelist in Cumnock is a rare Scottish example of the work of …
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    Deo Gratias!
    "For you, O Lord, are my hope; Lord, my hope from my youth. From birth I have leant on you, from …
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    Dome of Sta Constanza
    Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Vaulted Ceiling
    Medieval lierne vaulted ceiling with a central boss of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary …
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    Net Work
    The new metal roof of King's Cross Station in London has a span of 52 metres, and it was designed …
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    Ely Cathedral from the chancel
    The choir vault of Ely Cathedral, the octagonal lantern and the painted ceiling of the nave: a …
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    Thistle Chapel ceiling
    The glorious Thistle Chapel in St Gile's Cathedral in Edinburgh was designed by Robert Lorimer and …
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    Basilica de San Vicente
    San Vicente, Ávila's most important church after the cathedral, stands just outside the Puerta de …
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    Downside South Transept
    Downside Abbey church in Somerset is a minor basilica, and one of the finest Catholic churches in …
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    Chipping Norton porch vaulting
    The parish church of St Mary in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire is an interesting church that dates …
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    Rood in Pusey House Chapel
    "'I do not think there is in Oxford any better specimen of Gothic design, old or new', wrote archit…
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    Fan Vault
    Designed by Bodley in 1873, the vault of the bell tower of Christ Church, Oxford is a marvellous …
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    Royal Heraldry at the House
    Detail from the stone vault of the tower enclosing the staircase to the Refectory of Christ Church …
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    Floreat Oxonia
    Detail from the stone vault of the tower, designed in 1847, enclosing the staircase to the Refector…
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    Aedes Christi
    Around 1500, William Orchard spanned the choir of St Frideswide's Priory in Oxford with this invent…
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    Sherborne Nave ceiling
    View of the glorious 15th-century stone vault of the nave of Sherborne Abbey in Dorset. It is a …
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    Pembroke College Arms
    Looking up at the ceiling of Pembroke College chapel... Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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    Magnificent Vaulting
    Detail of the vault of the chapel of St Anne in Burgos Cathedral, emblazoned with the arms of …
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    Caleruega Friars' Chapel
    "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves …
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    Salamanca Cathedral Transept
    Looking up in the north transept of Salamanca's Catedral Nuevo, which was built between 1568-1733. …

Ellipse in San Carlino

The elliptical dome of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane on the Quirinal Hill in Rome is a stunning example of Borromini's genius. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr