Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drum Tower Ceiling



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the drum in the Drum Tower of Xian. One of the interesting things about the Drum Tower is that it was constructed without the use of nails. Another thing is that the interior is richly and intricately decorated. This is the ceiling over the drum in the tower.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.

27 comments:

Elettra said...

Very impressive this technique snap!!
Ciao George

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Gorgeous...I love ornate ceilings!!! This one is in a class of its own...

Fred Alton said...

It's amazing how they constructed this! Beautiful.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Very beautiful, intricate and impressive construction. Thanks for sharing the photo.

troutbirder said...

I'm not all that interested in Asian travel. But China yes. Now there is history you can get into....

Sandra said...

wow, all that and no nails, what talent that took.

LV said...

What an interesting and fascinating story. That Drum Tower would certainly be a place to visit.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What an amazing piece of handiwork!!!

A Lady's Life said...

This kind of work always interests me.
The Chinese certainly know how to do this well.

Ginny said...

I've never seen such a thing! Does it take a lot longer to make it without nails?? I guess they kind of fit the wood together, maybe like a jigsaw puzzle or something, are there buildings in this country like that???

Happyone :-) said...

Wow that is amazing.

Leovi said...

Excellent picture frame stands out with its architectural wealth.

Ann said...

I have seen videos of the drummers drumming and commented their necks must be very strong.
Next year, you and Betsy come join me in my Fun Run?

Sey said...

Classic but gorgeous. the fact that it was constructed without the use of nails is really incredible and that makes it unique.

imac said...

A lot of work went into making this George, its beautiful.

Maria said...

impressive! I remember your previous shot of the Drum Tower very good but this one today is gorgeous, really richly and lovely decorated...

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Shelley said...

Such beautiful detail - I cannot even begin to imagine all the time that went into constructing this!

Mildred said...

Absolutely amazing! This would have made a great mystery photo. Nobody would have ever guessed what this was! I appreciate you sharing this with us.

Kim, USA said...

Oh my this is super impressive. A structure without a nail...hmmm that is almost impossible. Thanks for sharing and the visit!
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Life Ramblings said...

this is stunningly beautiful. love the ornate details.

EG Wow said...

Without nails! WoW!

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

That is a gorgeous!
Great ornate celling!

Happy Wednesday!

Lynda said...

WOW! That is pretty cool!

teri said...

It almost looks the view of the underside of a basket- It is amazing how much detail there is-

Janie said...

Amazing that they did this without nails. The interior decoration is impressively beautiful.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Amazing work! We have similar roof structure in a place called Ambekke Temple in Kandy. - http://embekke.org/

KathyA said...

MAGNIFICENT!!!