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Round door at Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

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Round door at Yu Garden, Shanghai. Cropped and slightly edited from a photo by almudena-stock on Deviant Art.

See the context in this spherical panorama by Low-Wee Heng.

Here’s where it is located.

Circular doors, especially when the lower part is open, resemble some Arab horseshoe arches:

Alfiz. By Owdki (Alfiz) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Alfiz. By Owdki (Alfiz) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

And of course the blazing apex & gloria morphologies.

That Triumphal Arches and and church façades share this characteristics appears as no coincidence.

Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library Accession Number: 15/5/3090.01615 Title: Barcelona. Triumphal Arch of the Exposition Photographer: M. and Lévy, J. Léon (French photographic studio, active 1860-1880) Architect: Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas (Spanish, 1848-1910) Arch date: 1888 Photograph date: ca. 1888-ca. 1901 Location: Europe: Spain; Barcelona Materials: albumen print Image: 11.0236 x 8.8583 in.; 28 x 22.5 cm Provenance: Gift of Charles Mason Remey Persistent URI: <a href="http://library24.library.cornell.edu/collections/adw/80461-541.html" rel="nofollow">http://library24.library.cornell.edu/collections/adw/80461-541.html</a> There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library which is making it freely available with the request that, when possible, the Library be credited as its source.

Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library Accession Number: 15/5/3090.01615
Title: Barcelona. Triumphal Arch of the Exposition
Photographer: M. and Lévy, J. Léon (French photographic studio, active 1860-1880) Architect: Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas (Spanish, 1848-1910)
Arch date: 1888 Photograph date: ca. 1888-ca. 1901
Location: Europe: Spain; Barcelona
Materials: albumen print
Image: 11.0236 x 8.8583 in.; 28 x 22.5 cm
Provenance: Gift of Charles Mason Remey
Persistent URI: <a href=”http://library24.library.cornell.edu/collections/adw/80461-541.html” rel=”nofollow”>http://library24.library.cornell.edu/collections/adw/80461-541.html</a>
There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Cornell University Library which is making it freely available with the request that, when possible, the Library be credited as its source.

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