Caledoniyya

PhotoHunt 136: Ruin(ed)

This week’s PhotoHunt theme is Ruin(ed), and after much deliberation I present one of several – albeit immaculately pristine – ruins from the desert castles of Jordan:

qasr-amra

This particular building is part of a cluster at Qasr ‘Amra, built during the 8th century by the Ummayad Caliph Walid I, and provides a splendid example of early Islamic art and architecture.

The site was rediscovered in 1898 by the Czech explorer, Orientalist, and writer Alois Musil (1968-1944), and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, in honour of its status as a “masterpiece of human creative genius”.

5 comments on “PhotoHunt 136: Ruin(ed)

  1. liz
    November 15, 2008

    they are immaculate! I am always amazed when i see the regularity and perfection of ancient buildings – and all done without our modern measuring and buidling devices.

  2. earthlingorgeous
    November 15, 2008

    Too bad that such lovely structures are ruined by wars. Nice photo by the way! I love the contrast of colors!

  3. tanchi
    November 15, 2008

    wow..beautiful..must have been historical..

    keep up the good shots:)

    heres mine:

    SHOTS OF A FRUSTRATED IT STUDENT

  4. Mrs. Mecomber
    November 15, 2008

    What a discovery to make! Very nice photo– make me feel warm on a gloomy, rainy NY day.

    I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link!
    http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-ruined/

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Mike
    November 16, 2008

    Wow! Very cool (and your’s is older than mine!).

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