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Arches and Textures of Roman Architecture

Architecture under the ancient Romans flowed from their mammoth imagination to the magnificence of the buildings they created and constructed. The sheer innovation and beauty that characterizes this ancient architectural form attract tourists from all over the globe.  The ancient architectural feats stand testimony forcing even the most uninterested tourists to acknowledge the might of the Roman Empire. Though there are many phases and types of Roman architecture, today we will focus on the ancient one which harnessed a building material and style still used predominantly in modern architecture.

First Ones To Use Concrete

When exploring Roman dynasty or history through its buildings, statues or remains, travelers to the great sites may be surprised to know that the Romans were the first to use concrete in construction. Yes, mixing of concrete was a Roman idea that gave their buildings a texture that you and I can still feel today. It was their mastery over the correct concrete mixture that allowed them to construct buildings, palaces and arenas of massive weights. But, for the town of Cosa, where concrete began its journey, it was an achievement that has stood the test of time.

Impressive Arches

Arches are the other great contribution of ancient Romans to the world. The round arches were popularly used in constructing churches, amphitheaters, forts, bridges, etc. The great arches of the Colosseum and the Arch of Titus are just two examples of how this architectural detail was used to create beautiful buildings. However, the most significant and maybe a little whimsical for travelers exploring Roman architecture would be the use of arches for constructing aqueducts, a water supply system that was the hallmark of every Roman city.

Trying to sketch out the finer details of this great architecture in limited words is trying to collect the ocean in a beaker. But, by focusing only on the arches and concrete, the blog is trying to highlight features of ancient Roman architecture that continue to dominate modern structures.  So whether you visit these architectural marvels as a bored tourist or traveler eager to explore the mysteries, you need to be in awe of the design elements and the texture that we tend to take for granted today.

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Stonehenge, England: A Marvel of Pre-Historic Architecture

A visit to the burial ground may not be very high on bucket list of most people. But, Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, deserves a mention on the list, and it most certainly deserves a visit. The majestic and gigantic stone structures hold even the most advanced scientists, engineers, architects and builders in awe, let alone people like you and me. As you cross the English countryside experiencing the natural fauna and fauna, however, prepared you are, you are bound to be awestruck and humbled by the dominating sight of the Stonehenge, England.  

The most prominent question to cross every mind as it come across the stones is. “How and why did this get built?” Through centuries many archeologists and scientists have presumed and propagated Stonehenge theories as to what those stone structures represent. Some have called them the ‘work of the Druids’ while others believed them to be monuments for pagan rituals or biblical patriarchs. There are some experts who believe that the Stonehenge stones were placed for astronomical reasons and a minor population who believe they were incarnations of modern sport arenas.

However, detailed surveys of the areas surrounding the Stonehenge grounds have modern scientists proclaiming it as a burial ground. What scientist say must be true since they are working tirelessly and sincerely to solve this Stonehenge mystery. But, no theory can lessen the mystique and magic of an ancient site that links us to our past! Stones weighing up to 50 tonnes were rolled into standing positions in a horseshoe and circle shape. If this is not amazing, what is! Believe it or not, radiocarbon dating suggests that this heritage structure was built from 3100 BC till the year 1600 BC.

Whatever the theory you want to believe, you must visit the prehistoric site for its architectural wonder. While debunking Stonehenge facts or choosing your favourite theories, ensure that you view the structure with the rising and the setting rays of the sun. The structure aligns itself to the 21st December solstice. It leads one to wonder, maybe, just maybe, theories calling Stonehenge a ritual ground or an astronomical monument are true.

Blinds, Awnings

Blinds and Awnings for Your Home During the Summer

Jute chiks (traditional blinds of India) were popular additions to Indian homes to battle the onslaught of summers. Jute, as everybody knows, is used for twining and ropes and the fiber from the young shoots was used to create window and door shades from the scorching Indian sun.

Why was Jute popular?

First of all, it was abundantly available, making it an option for the rich and the not-so-rich. The straws were strung together tightly to reduce the effects of the hot, dry and dusty summer in the homes. Palaces had jute curtains hanging from crevices and columns, and there were people tasked to keep sprinkling water onto them. The reason – whatever dry air passed through the curtain, it absorbed moisture, cooling the indoor air temperature. Others sprinkled water themselves, but even without the water, the jute chiks were a barrier against the hot winds. Borders were added and different colors were used to paint the straws to give them a stylish element.

Jute chiks lost their sheen

Even when electricity and fans came, people continued to use jute chiks. With the advent of air conditioners, the role of jute chiks diminished, as people moved to the more ‘cooler’ option. But with power cuts a permanent fixture in nearly every city of India, the air conditioner, just becomes a unit on the wall, which is not even pretty. Temperatures in North Indian cities can reach up to 48 degrees, binding people indoors. Despite the most modern cooling units, and uninterrupted supply of electricity, windows and doors need to be covered.

You need Window Coverings to battle the summer heat

Modern window blinds and awnings play a pivotal role during summers. They disallow intense sun rays to enter through glass windows and doors. They also enhance the style quotient of your interiors and exteriors.

Window blinds are used inside the homes, and when drawn down, they keep the piercing light of the sun from entering your room.

· Blackout Roller Blinds allow you to completely block sun rays, making them ideal for windows that receive more than their fair share of the Indian sun.

· Wooden Venetian Blinds have slats you can tilt to control the rays entering your home.

· You can opt for Honeycomb Blinds, designed to keep cool in summers.

Awnings, on the other hand, are designed for your home exteriors. They are placed on top of windows and doors to protect you from sun, wind, and rain.

· Drop Arm Awnings, Window Awnings, and Fixed Awnings ensure that your windows and doors remain shaded.

· Terrace Awnings, Vertical Awnings, Drop Arm Awnings, and Gazebos are perfect add-ons to your terraces, gardens, and balconies.

Lots of options to choose from

Today, there are the stylish and dazzling array of colors, fabrics, and designs you can add to your home to battle the summers. Express yourself with the choices available. The best part is you do not need to step out in the heat to look at their offerings. Just give them a call and most manufacturers and retailers are willing to send a sales executive to your home with a set of samples.

Life has the right fit

The Right Fit Awaits

There comes a time in life,

When nothing seems to pass,

It is the time my friend,

To don on some class.

Life does not wait,

It moves at its speed,

Slow, steady or swift

Leaving you adrift

 

Poison your words not,

Nor become a dour fool,

Contemplate all you want,

But, love is your best tool.

Love is but a struggle,

To let you what to do,

Slow, steady or swift,

Just enjoy the gift!

 

Happy smiles seem distant,

When the heart is sad,

Anger, Envy or Ire,

Just add to the dire,

Joy is what you need,

Right there for you to seek,

Slow, steady or swift,

Ready to give you a lift.

 

Change is very scary,

But, a monster it is not,

It’s very hard to muster,

Despite the initial fluster,

A new dawn awaits,

Awaken your dreams,

Slow, steady or swift,

Go find the right fit!

 

©A.G.