Soaring arches draw the eye upwards; a circle holds your gaze like an eye in the stone.

 

Chapel of Chateau de Vincennes

Rose windows were a masterpiece of cooperation between stone masons and glaziers in many medieval churches and cathedrals…

 

rose window chapel of Chateau de Vincennes

including the chapel at the Chateau de Vincennes in Paris…

 

West front of Reims cathedral

Reims cathedral…

 

Florence cathedral at night

and Florence cathedral.

 

Even a plain round window catches your gaze. The circular windows of the sacristy at the Barcelona’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia suggest simplicity but the triangular vaults of the chapel are an intricate structures of interlocking shapes.

A collection of circles in stone inspired by Debbie Smyth’s Circle challenge.

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