Friday, July 30, 2010


The arch is a central theme of mediaeval architecture. In fact, the arch dates back to the Romans, & in the Gallo-Romanesque village, of St. Antonin, you will see examples of the arch everywhere.

Whether looking though the foundation of the old bridge, or through the many passageways, leading down narrow lanes, one finds a view framed by the arch motif.

The original design of the Roman arch is rounded, as in the authentic Roman archway below.

The Europeans added the point at the apex of the arch, durning the middle ages.

There are so many arches through out St. Antonin that it would be impossible to document them all. Some are grand & others simple in construction.

Below is a beautiful example of a perfect pointed arch, standing proud, even with all of the publicity on the modern plat-glass.

Wether an arched passage way or perfectly preserved arched & leaded windows, these architectural motifs invite a second look.

There are so many arches here that many have been changed, covered up or filled in, until one almost fails to recognize them.

But no matter where you may encounter one of these structures there is always the allure of mystery. And sometimes you are actually treated to a beautiful & tranquil escape just on the other side.



  1. I did of study of arches and actually they are thought to go back to cave openings. And relate to the goddess, the pregnant tummy. I love the arches you have selected. It is said, that the meaning, even when not conscious known, is always there. Thank you. I enjoyed your blog.

  2. I especially love the first two pictures. You should turn them into paintings. Or better yet you should create a book with all of these wonderful photos and include your art work as well. You are already off to a great start.
    They are all wonderful.

  3. Thank you both for your kind comments & thank you especially, annell, for the information on the arch..... spending time in such a place, certainly makes me want to know more. I am delighted that you found my blog. Welcome!