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Old April 15th, 2017, 12:26 PM   #1
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Byzantine Revival Architecture in Western Europe and North America

Previously, I've started the Byzantine architecture thread, where I've had a great companion of users sharing only genuine Byzantine architecture.
My fascination whit this particular style doesn't stop there. In terms of revivals I was never really impressed because I thought they always have tacky golden domes and they were always cheap looking (pretty much everything in Eastern Europe, and other countries which I count as North-Asiatic, since they have very small parts in Europe, and their perception about Byzantine architecture is far from marvelous. So, I decided to open this thread, once I saw how great examples of Byzantine architecture there are in the United Kingdom. I've instantly explored their revivals of this architectural style and I absolutely adore them. They are far from tacky, or cheap, in fact they are very genuine looking. In this thread it's not allowed to post examples of quasi Neo-Byzantine architecture from Eastern Europe.

I'll start with this marvelous stone and brick beauty located in London.
Westminster Cathedral.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Cathedral


Westminster Cathedral by Catholic Church England and Wales, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral by David Robinson, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral by Yuri Rapoport, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral by Yuri Rapoport, on Flickr

westminster cathedral, london by resi_s_herz, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral - Jan 2008 - Copper-bottomed Rooftops by Gareth Williams, on Flickr

London - Tower View by Jonathan Reid, on Flickr

green dome by JudyGr, on Flickr

Carved capitals by Lawrence OP, on Flickr

Sunlight, Westminster Cathedral by Scott Wylie, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral by cathrynm44, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral, London by Glass Angel, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral, London by Rex Harris, on Flickr

Apostles Looking to the Coming One by Lawrence OP, on Flickr

St Agatha by Lawrence OP, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral by Yuri Rapoport, on Flickr

Westminster Cathedral in Central London. by Sid the Kid2010, on Flickr
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Old April 15th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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Get ready everyone, it's time for something extraordinary.
When I found how much legacy the Byzantine style has in Bristol, I was absolutely amazed. The Granary is on Welsh Back, Bristol, England. Bristol Byzantine everyone!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granary,_Bristol


Uk bristol granary [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], by Steinsky (Self-published work by Steinsky), from Wikimedia Commons

The Old Granary, Bristol, UK by Keir Gravil, on Flickr

Rocking at the Granary - From grain storage to Muddy Waters by Paul Townsend, on Flickr

ADSC_1939 by pfpp_foto, on Flickr

Bristol Byzantine by Andrew Littlewood & Karl Newell, on Flickr
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Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, England.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colston_Hall

Bristol 1873 - Colston Hall exterior [Public domain], by T. Sulman (The Illustrated London News), from Wikimedia Commons

Spring sunshine, Colston hall, Bristol by archidave, on Flickr

Byzantine Colston Hall by Manuel, on Flickr

c1915 Colston Hall, Bristol by Paul Townsend, on Flickr
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Old April 15th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #4
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Former Gardiners offices. I just fell in love with Bristol Byzantine.
This one looks as Byzantine as it can get, almost like the same ruins from my South European country. It even reminds me of some ancient cities and entrances of amphitheaters (which ofcourse might not be Byzantine, but in a way they represent their predecessors in architecture).
Luckily, they redeveloped their heritage and bring back the two front arches as you can see in the last image. Never knew that Bristol was so significant with Byzantine architecture.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Former_Gardiners_offices

Hardware by Stephen Dowle, on Flickr

Hardware (2) by Stephen Dowle, on Flickr

Bristol Byzantine Shell by archidave, on Flickr

Bristol Byzantine by Joe Dunckley, on Flickr
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Old April 15th, 2017, 02:16 PM   #5
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Carriage Works, Bristol. This one is having a redevelopment too. It was built in 1862 by Edward William Godwin from Pennant stone with Bath stone dressings.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carriage_Works,_Bristol


104 Stokes Croft, Bristol (geograph 3787227) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], by Stephen Richards (From geograph.org.uk), from Wikimedia Commons

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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:10 PM   #6
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35 King Street, Bristol, UK. Built around 1870.


35 King Street Bristol [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], by William Avery (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons
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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:21 PM   #7
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As you can see Bristol has plenty of Byzantine, they all look marvelous and much better that the tacky examples from Eastern Europe,
which is both surprising and amazing, and adorable. Here's the article on Wikipedia about Bristol Byzantine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Byzantine
Of course here are more images of sightings of Bristol Byzantine, in Bristol, UK.

Byzantine legacy in Bristol by archidave, on Flickr

Byzantine 1 by Brian Davis, on Flickr

King Street Byzantine by i y e r s, on Flickr

Gardiner Haskins, Bristol by Miocene, on Flickr
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William Marsh Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States.

Rice University, Houston, Texas by hatoun, on Flickr

Rice University Door by Enes Çakir, on Flickr

Rice University - Lovett Hall by Whiskey Maker, on Flickr

Rice University, Houston, Texas by Menno5D, on Flickr

IMG_8842 by Ray, on Flickr

Rice University - Fondren Library - Columns by CyrusD, on Flickr

Arches at Rice University by jawheeliah, on Flickr

Rice University - Fondren Library - Gallery by CyrusD, on Flickr

Rice University Houston Texas by Steven, on Flickr

Rice University Column Detail by Kate, on Flickr

IMG_4351-10 by folkstone, on Flickr

Rice Campus Window by perennialcassandra, on Flickr

rice university 02 by Jackie Villegas, on Flickr

Arches At Rice University I by Mabry Campbell, on Flickr

Arches at Rice University by jawheeliah, on Flickr
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Cathédrale de la Major, Marseille, France.

Marseille Cathedral by FuzzSummit, on Flickr

Cathédrale de la Major by Ben Ante, on Flickr

Marseille Cathedral by @markheybo, on Flickr

Marseille Cathedral by Anton:-), on Flickr

Marseille Cathedral by JJ Mork/Colding, on Flickr
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The peafowl birds are as Byzantine as it can get, their origins in the south European architecture could be traced back to antiquity, especially with mosaics. In ancient cities these birds were considered as a symbol of the goddess Hera.

Anyhow, didn't know that throne room in the Neuschwanstein Castle was also as Byzantine as it can get.



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I don't like when architectural styles are located where they don't belong, but those in England and America are wonderful.
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I don't like when architectural styles are located where they don't belong, but those in England and America are wonderful.
Then you're probably against classicism in north Europe, or America, just because the marble pillars decorated with Mediterranean seashells (Ionic capital), or Mediterranean Oak tree, or Acanthus (Corinthian capital), don't belong there, but strictly to the European part of the Mediterranean coast.

Edit: On the other hand I was very happy when I found out that the UK is so rich with Byzantine styled buildings, more than happy actually I was amazed. Just delightful to see a northern country showing appreciation to one of the more forgotten European architectural styles.

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I don't like when architectural styles are located where they don't belong, but those in England and America are wonderful.
Of course, everyone can have their own opinion, my personal opinion is that just because a style of architecture originates in one place, does not mean that it has to be limited to that geographic or cultural area. If someone 10,000 miles for Byzantium decides they want to build a beautiful Byzantine-style building, that would be fine by me.

BTW some very nice structures in this thread, most of which I have not seen previously.
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And if any of you thought that Byzantine revival is a thing of the 19th century, then think twice.
George Lucas never hided his fascination with mysticism. In parts of his extremely popular cosmic saga, we can see one precious Byzantine looking city Theed the capital of Naboo. You can instantly recognize the wide, but still sort of shallow, or flat domes which reminded me of the once beautiful Constantinople.











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