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August 20, 2015

Hey, Look What I Found On The Floor!!!

Several years ago I visited the Basilica of Saint Servatius in Maastricht and in it, found a building that is a surprise and delight to anyone who adores pattern and detail. These are a few of the tiles I found in the floor… and considering that most Basilicas and churches at this time had only plain paving stones or slate… these really stand out. Yes, of course these are probably Victorian additions, but stunning all the same… For my foodie friend and regular reader Carrie: this post is for you….

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 Basilica of Saint Servatius / Maastricht

4 Comments »

  1. I think the pattern in the fourth one down is my favorite, if I can really pick a favorite! Love them all!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Comment by Carrie — August 22, 2015 @ 3:30 am | Reply

    • And I’ve just noticed the interesting animal shapes in the third one. Also love the stags in the last one!

      Comment by Carrie — August 22, 2015 @ 3:31 am | Reply

      • Carrie,
        Those stags look like they are leaping over hot coals don’t they?
        I love that they stylised them rather than just trying to depict them as naturally as possible. It makes for a really interesting tile pattern.

        Comment by kiwidutch — August 22, 2015 @ 9:07 am | Reply

    • Carrie,

      I think I can see a dash of Celtic influence in those forth tile down circles and yet it’s not Celtic either (their lines are more fluid, no sharp edges). The way the pattern repeats appeals to my sense of order and the pattern is both simple and complicated (if that makes sense),

      in fact I think that it’s the little intertwining lines that make it special… it’s really an art form to get this sort of pattern right so that it looks good both close up and from afar. My favourites are the stags, the rampant lions, the eagle bird thingys and … well all the rest of them too LOL !!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 22, 2015 @ 9:14 am | Reply


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