Saturday, May 17, 2008

Minaret in Chicago Skyline

One of the coolest thing about Chicago is the architecture of all the different skyscrapers. Here is a shot I took of the Wrigley Building, featuring its famous white terra-cotta exterior, proudly signaling the beginning of the Magnificent Mile.

What you may not know, is that the Wrigley Building was inspired by the "Giralda," a famous bell tower that is part of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain. Interestingly, the Giralda was originally a minaret for a mosque upon which the Cathedral of Seville is built. The mosque was built around 1184 and the minaret was the tallest tower in the world at the time (source Wikipedia).

While the Wrigley Building added some flourishes from Renaissance architecture, it still looks quite like a minaret in the middle of the city, calling one and all to the wonders of Chicago...

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