Thursday, February 07, 2008

Paris Inside and Out

Sometimes from street level it's not easy to realize how some great Paris edifices are Tetris-ed into the landscape.

Here is one view of the apse of the Eglise St. Thomas d'Aquin in the 7e arrondissement, from the outside. Rooftops encroach, and buildings are wedged in all around.

But to see the same view from the interior, the space seems almost infinite.


Victoria said...

i like how you present the two different perspectives

Tin Foiled said...

That's really quite neat!

I like to check the aerial views on Google Maps -- you can see how the whole city is tetrised together here.

Polly said...

Thanks, Victoria and now Tin Foiled has given us a third angle!

Merci, TF. I love google maps, too.

Everyone: the church is in the upper left corner of Tin Foiled's google maps link. Zoom in and it's quite fun. The courtyard building to the right of the church used to be a convent, and is now used by the French Army.

Polly said...

oops! when I clicked on the google map again, this time it's smack in the center. Thanks again, TF

Jay Livingston said...

There's so much architecturally interesting going on several stories up that you can't see from street level. That's especially true here in New York.

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