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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings

World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings

SYDNEY, May 22 (Reuters) - Michelangelo's painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Rome may be the most lauded in the ceiling world, but it's far from the only one worth straining your neck to see.

The editors and members of travel website VirtualTourist.com have compiled a list of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings, apart from the Sistine Chapel. Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. Bellagio Hotel; Las Vegas, Nevada

The coloured disks that float on the ceiling of the Bellagio may look like multi-coloured jellyfish, but they are in fact thousands of hand-blown glass flowers. Like the town itself, it has to be seen to be believed.

2. Debre Berhan Selassie Church; Gonder, Ethiopia

You'd never guess by looking at the outside of this small, relatively simple church that such stunning artwork graces the inside. It's said that none of the 104 winged cherubs that dot the ceiling are alike.

3. Grand Central Station; New York City, New York

Once covered in black grime, this ceiling was restored in the 1990s as part of the station's renovation and now depicts several signs of the zodiac in beautiful sea-green and gold hues. There's even a little patch that was left dirty just to show the difference between the "before" and "after".

4. Galeries Lafayette Department Store; Paris, France

The glass domed ceiling at the famed department store attracts as many tourists as shoppers. Unveiled in 1912, the dome is overshadowed only by the view from the store's terrace.

5. Khai Dinh Tomb; Hue, Vietnam

It took 11 years to complete, but the results are pretty astounding with the ceiling featuring nine hand-painted dragons in fine, fleeting clouds.

6. Sant'Ignazio Church; Rome, Italy

It's almost impossible to believe when looking at this multi-dimensional painting that the surface is actually flat. Perhaps one of the most incredible examples of "Trick of the Eye" paintings ever completed, it's a clear rival with its more famous nearby neighbour -- the Sistine Chapel

7. Sagrada Familia; Barcelona, Spain

No one could ever say this building was constructed too hastily. Started in the 1800s and still unfinished, the imposing forest-like ceiling is as original as the rest of the Gaudi-designed church.

8. Central Rotunda, Griffith Park Observatory; Los Angeles, California

Designed by Hollywood art director turned muralist Hugo Ballin, the subtle, circular painting depicts the signs of the zodiac and other celestial objects. An interesting side note: Ballin was a sketch artist on the film The Wizard of Oz, which might explain the ceiling's whimsical look.

9. Macy's Department Store; Chicago, Illinois

This genuine Tiffany ceiling is so incredible it's enough to distract even the most ardent shopaholic. Over 100 years old, it's composed of more than 1.6 million pieces of glass and is considered by many to be one of the best examples of Tiffany craftsmanship ever constructed.

10. Opera Garnier; Paris, France

Although the primary function of the building is to provide a stage for the city's extraordinary ballet company, Marc Chagall's ceiling mural is a show in itself. Thought to be somewhat incongruous with the building's architecture, it was the source of much controversy when it was added in 1964.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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1. Bellagio Hotel; Las Vegas, Nevada


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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:49 PM   #3
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it's a joke.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:59 PM   #4
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Sagrada Familia ceiling? What ceiling?
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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Some beautiful ceilings in my city:


Villa Farnesina: Loggia di Amore e Psiche (Raphael and Giulio Romano)

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Palazzo Farnese (Annibale Carracci)

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Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo)

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Sant'Ignazio (Andrea Pozzo)

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Palazzo Barberini (Pietro da Cortona)

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Santa Maria della Vittoria (Gian Domenico Cerrini)

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Chiesa del Ges¨ (Baciccia)

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Vatican Library

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Vatican Loggia

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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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There's no comparison. Great ceilings Pincio Who the **** made such a list. There's nothig about the Vatican or the Sistine Chapel, how is posible??
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:11 PM   #7
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^ Beautiful.

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Here are the pics from the article. Some of the pics are pretty crummy, IMO. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

1. Bellagio Hotel; Las Vegas, Nevada

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms


2. Debre Berhan Selassie Church; Gonder, Ethiopia

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms


3. Grand Central Station; New York City, New York

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

4. Galeries Lafayette Department Store; Paris, France

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

5. Khai Dinh Tomb; Hue, Vietnam

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

6. Sant'Ignazio Church; Rome, Italy

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

7. Sagrada Familia; Barcelona, Spain

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

8. Central Rotunda, Griffith Park Observatory; Los Angeles, California

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

9. Macy's Department Store; Chicago, Illinois

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms

10. Opera Garnier; Paris, France

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms


My own favorites from the list are the Sagrada Family in Barcelona and the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:14 PM   #8
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There's no comparison. Great ceilings Pincio Who the **** made such a list. There's nothig about the Vatican or the Sistine Chapel, how is posible??
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The editors and members of travel website VirtualTourist.com have compiled a list of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings, apart from the Sistine Chapel.
Btw, in the world there are thousands of ceilings that are more beautiful than those ones.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 09:16 PM   #9
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2. Debre Berhan Selassie Church; Gonder, Ethiopia

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...cs/4568937.cms
This is great, it remember me the ceiling of Teruel Cathedral.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 11:49 PM   #10
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Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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www.chinafacttours.com, http://albums.mouseplanet.com
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Isfahan, Iran


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I think the winner is though the Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum in Shiraz, Iran:


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check out the ancient heels:


www.asrema.com, www.babyloniangal.com


Hamnidbnm101 travel.webshots.com, www.fotoaleph.com

http://samchuiphotos.com

www.bestirantravel.com, www.bamjam.net

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It's a great list. The celings are decent and memorable/Unique and not so flashy and overloaded like the travel-guide established Ceilings (even if they are absolutly stunning work)...
Exspecially Khai Dinh Tomb is great with ist style and colors

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Old May 24th, 2009, 06:55 AM   #12
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Good choices all, the spliff fairy. And wow, Shah-e-Cheragh tomb is a real jaw dropper.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 07:21 AM   #13
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What a joke of a list.

Might as well stick my home ceiling up in that list - it'd make far more sense.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #14
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Cappella Palatina (Palermo)

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Chiesa della Martorana (Palermo)

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El Escorial (Spain)

The Glory of Spanish Monarchy (Luca Giordano)

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Library

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Camera degli Sposi (Mantua)

Mantegna ceiling

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the Alhambra ceiling, Granada, considered the greatest testament to Islamic architecture


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Many mosques are SO beautiful... this makes me wonder why those being built in Europe nowadays are so shabby and grey.

however, the Wells Cathedral's Chapter house deeply amazed me:

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Knowhere near as nice as some of the posted but nice all the same.

St Georges Hall, Liverpool



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