Sunday, January 24, 2010

Our creepy afternoon

Jeff has been raving about this cemetery here in Lakewood that he went to when he was bored one day, and kept saying how I HAD to go check it out so this afternoon we decided to mosey on through and check it off my list of things to do before I die. It really was incredible. It was built in 1921 in the Spanish Renaissance style of architecture and has a huge mosaic interpretation of a Vatican fresco done by Raphael. Here's a picture of Jeff thrilled to be in its presence:

It's 45' wide by 35' high and made from over a million bits of venetian glass. It was so sparkly in the gorgeous Southern California sunshine we were given today. Here's a picture of it's sparkliness:

Inside was even more incredible. Sooo much marble. In respect of the building's occupants, we didn't take pictures so you'll have to take our word for it. The coolest feature was a three story Foucault pendulum swinging in perfect time. It made a deep vibration with each pass that sounded like a heartbeat. Totally spooky!

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