By Philip Wilkinson

Full-color art, together with cutaway illustrations and exploded perspectives, explores many of the world's most famed architectural landmarks, together with the Paris Opera, the Taj Mahal, and Grand valuable Station.

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Then the reeds are fixed in place by long steel rods called sways. The sways are attached to the wooden rafters beneath with steel pins. Mallet, to knock in spars Steel sway holds reeds in place Twister, to join wires together Spar hook, to shave spars and rods Dutchman TOOLS OF THE TRADE Thatchers use a number of tools. Some of these are familiar because they are used in other trades. For example, the thatcher uses a mallet for knocking in the hooks that hold the thatch to the wooden timbers of the roof.

The baroque ceilings of the 17th century were often painted to represent the artist’s idea of heaven. This was usually a bright blue sky with fluffy clouds, populated by cheerful winged cherubs. A false perspective was often used, which had the effect of making the ceiling look like a real sky. ZIGZAGS The Romanesque style, based on rounded arches, groin vaults, and a modest use of moldings, became popular during the Middle Ages. These chevrons, or zigzags, were one of the most popular Romanesque ornaments.

FLOWER POWER Houses in the 20th-century Art Nouveau style are often decorated with sensuous curves and floral motifs. Majolica tiles – Italian ceramics glazed with bright metallic oxide – are often used to brighten the outside walls. This building in Vienna was designed by the architect Otto Wagner, who designed many elegant houses in the city. 59 Continued on next page Continued from previous page THE BEST IN INDIA The best artists were recruited to make the marble inlays that decorate the walls of the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India.

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