How often do you walk into a building and look at the ceiling? How
often do you look up in general? No, I’m not criticizing you
addiction to looking at our phones, but if that’s where you mind
jumped to then maybe it’s worth thinking about.
Now, in this article I’m sharing what are
probably the world’s most beautiful ceilings!
Sistine Chapel, Vatican
I’m starting with getting the obvious contender out of the way –
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It’s
breathtakingly beautiful, incredibly intricate, and ostensibly
overhyped. I, personally, think it is appropriately hyped, but
everyone wants to be a hipster about their ceilings and skip over one
of the most beautiful chapels and ceilings in the world.
Solna Centrum Metro Station, Stockholm
I love the contrast of putting the Solna Centrum Metro Station
ceiling immediately after the Sistine Chapel. These two could not be
further apart in terms of style, but both are equally mind-blowing in
Artists Anders Åberg and Karl-Olov Björk painted the bedrock a dark
red. Although it seems like a simple solution –
it creates an amazing result. The entire Blue Line of the
Stockholm metro is filled with stations that have been transformed to
look amazing, and may people call the Stockholm Metro “the world’s
longest art gallery.” I think this one station alone qualified that
statement as true!
Shah Mosque, Isfahan
When the Persian capital was moved to Isfahan, Shah Abbas
commissioned for many religious and civic buildings to be built. To
work around the rather simple building materials available in 1598
(mud and brick), it was decided to cover everything in beautiful
colored mosaic tiles.
The result is this incredible ceiling in the Shah Mosque in Isfahan.