“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright
This was shot about a week ago during a snowstorm that hit DC. I took the opportunity to go around Campus with the beautiful scenery and practice some Photography. Known as the Biggest Church in the United States, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a breathtaking, Architectural paradise. Here is more Information taken from http://www.nationalshrine.com/:
“The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is neither imitative nor duplicative of any other church in the world. Its architecture is Romanesque-Byzantine in style and its construction is entirely of stone, brick, tile and mortar—without steel structural beams, framework or columns.
Romanesque architecture is defined by its massive size, thick walls, arches, piers, groin vaults, towers and ornamented ambulatories. The form of the structure is clearly defined and symmetrical. In comparison to Gothic structures, a Romanesque church is quite simple in appearance.
Byzantine architecture in the West was superseded by that of the Romanesque style. The dome is the dominant feature in Byzantine architecture and is one of the great advances in church architecture fostered by the Byzantine style. A circular or elliptical dome was placed over a square or rectangular room by means of pendentives, the triangular construction of which strengthened and supported the base that holds the dome.”