|Originally posted by Domesticated |
That's one part of it. Another part is that church designers were seemingly colour blind, while their muslim counterparts appear to understand that yellow, orange and maroon don't look good together. I also find many churches very busy. In my extremely limited experience, mosques seem busy too, but their symmetricality and order make it work.
This is the main reason I went on the trip. I wasn't too interested in it originally, but I spoke with a chaplain here on base who talked about it and said that it would be good for my scientific/logical mind to see the architecture of the place.
but I tell you, when I walked from the Paradise room (bottom pic) to the main room, I was floored by the openness/vastness of the place. I've been in very large churches before, but something about this was really way different. Maybe because of the lack of a "front" to it. I mean, the one wall was where Mecca was, and there was the "niche" for where the person would speak...but it's a lot different than an alter you see in a Catholic Church.
I enjoy all sorts of architecture though. I thought about it in high school, but it was more of a jee-whizz thing, rather than something I wanted to do with my life.
Fun fact: the diameter of the largest chandelier is 10 meters, and the entire thing weighs if I remember correctly, 7 tons.