On Arches

Arches can be a noun, adjectives, or verb

Arches are something that curves

Arches span an opening

Arches can be a buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth, angle, arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, inflection, turn wind, curl, and more

Arches can be a principal, chief, mischievous, or saucy

Arches can be deal with archery, architecture, and even be archaic

Arches are commonly associated with human anatomy as fingerprints, the spine, Aorta, and feet

Arches can describe an action or a structure

Arches can span, vault, resist, intersect, rest, and support

Arches can be overbearing, overriding, paramount, primary, dominant, foremost, chief, and more

Arches are associated with gateways, buildings, architecture, national parks, landmarks, St. Louis, and McDonald’s

Enjoy these photos of arches from my trip to Italy. Do you have a favorite?


Leading Home (as per Elyse)


Arch and the door


The passageway


The ever-flowing water source


The remaining old city gate


The cathedral


The stairs


The Leaning Tower through the gate

98 thoughts on “On Arches

    • Elyse,
      Good choice as it and the stairs are my two favorites. Love your title as much, I’m must steal it (with credits). Meanwhile, I still have a few posts in the works regarding the trip.


  1. Love the cathedral arch. I’m a sucker for old churches, preferably stone. There’s a beautiful cathedral, the Rockefeller Cathedral, on the University of Chicago campus. Glorious place to sing!
    And don’t forget, arches can also be fallen. Kinda like my feet feel right about now…. πŸ˜‰


    • John,
      That pic was actually a last-minute addition to the post, so hey hey … your selection reinforces my decision.

      Thanks for the Rockfeller Cathedral on the U of Chicago campus. Although I haven’t seen it, I do know it is a classic landmark. I highly recommended that other readers see this link from Google Images – http://tinyurl.com/a2guwwd


    • Archon,
      Interesting how some of the old aqueducts are still standing, and yes … such a series of glorious arches. In this case, the warm is warm as the area (Bagni di Lucca) is known for having hot springs and steam caves. Some believe the water has a therapeutic value. I will say that it was refreshing!


  2. I like them all, Frank. I love arches and doorways and windows and anything that seems to lead the eye and mind through a threshold of some kind. But if I have to pick a favorite, the first one (Leading Home). πŸ™‚


    • Robin,
      Love your perspective as a photographer. As for me, a self-proclaimed point-and-shoot photo taker, at least I’m starting to look beyond the obvious. πŸ™‚

      Leading Home is a one of my favorites in this set, so I must be selfish and say, Good choice. πŸ˜‰


  3. I grew up with arches down in Brazil. I love they way they look. Everything seems “easier” and more tolerable when one is around. Not sure if I am making sense, but whenever I see one, I have to stop and observe its surroundings. Great photo my friend!! The “Everflowing” water arch pic is one of my favorites!


  4. I like #2! My house was built in 1960 and has a very ‘different’ lay-out we’ll say…Instead of having a traditional square opening into my dining room, I have an arch entry…it struck me as odd at first, but then it grew on me. (all the pic’s were really great)


  5. Your trip to Italy keeps on giving thanks to your excellent photos and commentary. I’m particularly fascinated by Roman arches since viewing a documentary on the National Geographic Channel that describes how the Romans, through their invention of concrete, were able to produce arches that could support much more weight than previous civilizations.


  6. These are really beautiful arches, Frank. I always love the cathedrals, but the one you’ve titled the Passageway is special. I like the shape of the opening and the way it leads at interesting angles and around the corner. I’m sure there is interesting history connected with each one!


  7. A nice idea for a grouping of photos. Lovely photos too. I was in Italy, but I don’t think I visited the same places. I’m not sure where these were taken. We did not go to Pisa.


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