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Greetings from Saint Severin, Paris

Greetings from Saint Severin, Paris

The elaborate and dramatic nuances of the flamboyant gothic style are beautifully captured in St. Severin’s multitude of twisted pillars which jut out of the foundation, soaring to heights of about 40 feet, and twist into arching limbs that appear to organically embrace each other as they create a stunning ceiling whose curious arches appear to give birth to one another.

Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Most of the 300 plus artifacts in the exhibit have never been on display to a domestic or international audience. Many of the artifacts found in the exhibit represent a myriad of cultures and civilizations of pre-Islamic Arabia and representations of the human form are understood as blasphemous according to the strict Wahhabi brand of Islam practiced throughout Saudi Arabia since the rise of the Saud family at the beginning of the 20th century.