The Intricate Moorish Style of Barcelona’s Buildings

Like all things which become indelibly connected to a blueprint in people's minds, Barcelona's architecture is automatically associated with Gaudi's masterpieces. This seems rightly so, especially that this late 19th century architect and artist's productions still represent a source of novelty in terms of design, space imagination, and construction techniques.  Nevertheless, Barcelona is home to…

When East Meets West in Architecture: Public Buildings in Craiova (south-western Romania)

Craiova is the county seat of the historical region called Oltenia, an ethnographic area located in south-western Romania (Wallachia). Given its closeness to what, up to World War I, were parts of the Ottoman Empire, Oltenia has been strongly influenced for most of its modern history by Turkish and Greek (neo-Byzantine) patterns in architecture and…

A Victorian Manor in the American South: Colonel Peel`s Mansion in Bentonville, Arkansas (USA)

Colonel Samuel West Peel (1831-1924), an Arkansas businessman, was the first native of the state who became a member of the US Congress. Here, he was named a legal representative to the most important five tribes (1) in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). During the Civil War, as a member of the Confederate Army, he was…