Travel theme: Interior

After marvelling at the interior artwork of ancient tombs I went looking for other fascinating interiors I’ve explored on my travels. Hidden behind an unprepossessing exterior in the heart of Washington DC, I found an extraordinary monastery, built to resemble the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, containing catacombs and crypts and exact replicas of holy sites from all over the world. Here is part of the interior in all its neo-Byzantine glory.

old byzantium monastery catacombs washington dc franciscan

When you visit Seattle’s Central Library you are treated to Tony Oursler’s terrific Braincast video installation on your way up the escalator….

seattle public library, architecture, travel, photography, ailsa prideaux-mooney. Rem Koolhaas, Tony Oursler, video installation, art

…but if you take the right twists and turns along the library’s walkways you may just find yourself inside the installation looking out.

seattle public library, architecture, travel, photography, ailsa prideaux-mooney. Rem Koolhaas, Tony Oursler, art installation, video installation

An ultra modern interior to a tunnel at New Haven train station is in perfect contrast to nearby Yale University which was custom built to look ancient.

yale university tunnel

Are you ready to let me into your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Interior
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle that is grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. – Victor Hugo

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. – Ernest Hemingway


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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98 Responses to Travel theme: Interior

  1. Architecture is unnoticed as art by so many. (That library is such a delight)

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  3. Ese' s Voice says:

    Beautiful choices, Ailsa! I am torn between the ancient and the modern, not being able to choose a favourite one this time. 🙂
    Here’re mine:

  4. suej says:

    Some great interiors here, Ailsa…..I’m going to be hard pressed to find something for this challenge!

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  6. elleturner4 says:

    I love the first photo and the Seattle Library photos are really striking. Great theme!
    Here’s my entry….

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  8. Love Hemingway’s quote, Ailsa. And you found fascination interiors.
    Here’s my contribution:

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  10. Marie says:

    Wow. I live in the DC area. Do you remember the name of the monastery? It sounds wonderful.

  11. Great pics for the theme, Ailsa. I’ll see what I can come up with. 🙂

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  13. goannasnake says:

    I love exquisite ceilings. Thanks for sharing this one. My contribution this week is from a trip in 2012 with Mum and my sister.

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  15. Jaspa says:

    The interior of a cloud or the interior of an ancient European citadel, you decide!

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  17. I love unusual art..and this architecture is facinating. I love the dome. I have started to post (what I call) Unique Art once a week on my blog (little and these sorts of interiors are just what Im talking about. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Francesca says:

    Great theme Ailsa. The library interior looks fascinating. and here’s mine,

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  24. Tvor says:

    Interiors are just as much of an architecture win as exteriors but there’s also much more to them. It’s also how people live and work as well.

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  26. kirkistan says:

    Hospital throughput at Fort Snelling,interior shot:

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  29. suej says:

    Hi Ailsa, I did come up with something! I’ve combined with WordPress challenge:

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  32. Cee Neuner says:

    I forgot to say I adore your photos…especially the bright lime green.

  33. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody friends
    Here my interpretation, between sacred and profane…

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  37. Marcy says:

    I’ve rushed through that spot in New Haven many, many times, but I never paused to notice how beautiful it is. I published some interiors of a second line in New Orleans, an old mine in Cripple Creek, a zorb, a subway station, a baseball stadium, and a pub.

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  39. Leya says:

    Love that tunnel…Soon Halloween, so here’s my interior peek!

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  41. The ceiling is a fantastic capture I really appreciate the the depth and detail…
    I have a very different ceiling

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  43. Lynne Ayers says:

    Great topic, Ailsa. I particularly like the interior of the tunnel.


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