Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Columns - Temple Emanu-el



If you are a follower of this blog you know how much I love the most ornate columns Birmingham has to offer. Today we return to Temple Emanu-el for a look at details of some of the most beautiful columns in this city.

I liked the top photograph because it captured the Star of David as well. The bottom photo speaks for itself. Sorry, I couldn't choose.

17 comments:

Dina said...

I envy the archaeologist who will find those column in another few thousands of years.

Bibi said...

I love your new banner! I too am a fan of columns, and these are beautiful, as are your photos of them.

Kim said...

Wow, that capital has it ALL. . .and I even see a bit of bird proofing so it keeps from getting soiled. Beautiful!
-Kim

PS. . .my word verification is "lumenzi," which if my grandmother were pronouncing it might just mean "light up."

Thérèse said...

Superbe Virginia!

B SQUARED said...

Wonderful Corinthian.

brattcat said...

I'm so glad you posted both! Gorgeous, both of them. The placement of the star of david in the first is unusual, I think. And the detail on the second...amazing.

Daryl said...

Personally I prefer the bottom one .. the detail in the leaves is exquisitely captured

Louis la Vache said...

Stunning! Beautiful columns, beautifully captured!

Halcyon said...

Beautiful!

Nathalie said...

Just gorgeous!

Perhaps the answer to the which photo dilemma would have been to use the second one but not so tightly cropped so that the star of David on the far right would be more visible?

But the composition of that second one is so good that perhaps zooming out wouldn't have been as good.

TheChieftess said...

Fabulous photos V...both of them!!!

Jacob said...

Very intricate and graceful. I love the Star of David inlay!

Heather said...

WOW! Just gorgeous! I did not realize how incredibly detailed this building was Just beautiful

Virginia said...

Thank you everyone. These columns are hard to beat. I might just go back on afternoon when the light/shadows give these a different feel.

Bob Crowe said...

Gorgeous and impressive, yet ironic. The design is so self-consciously Classical, with a capital C. Corinthian columns (in beautiful condition) and Latin-style lettering. Why was a Jewish temple designed to emulate the style of the Roman Empire?

Gunn said...

Beautiful photographs with elegant details! I like both.

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for showing wonderful scenery.

Happy weekend.

From the Far East.
Best regards.
ruma