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Suspended Above: 22 Breathtaking Images of Ceilings

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12 September 2017

Posted by Cecily Eltringham

When you walk into a room where do you look? Left, right, maybe down – but it’s not often that we find ourselves glancing up to check what’s going on above our heads. Take a moment to try and describe the last ceiling you were under and you will probably draw a blank. In a world dominated by plain white ceilings, they have become a space that is often neglected. Sometimes, however, what is suspended above you is truly breathtaking. From the ornately carved ceilings of cathedrals, to mesmerising geometric patterns wrought in glass, they hold the power to fill you with a sense of awe. Here are 22 images of incredible ceilings that might just inspire you to look up from time to time.

On the ornate ceiling of the Council House in Nottingham, UK, gold rings, punctuated by glass windows, radiate out from a glass centre through which a dark sky is seen.

On the ornate ceiling of the Council House in Nottingham, UK, gold rings, punctuated by glass windows, radiate out from a glass centre through which a dark sky is seen. Read less

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The skylight and ornate plasterwork dome of the Grand Staircase at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, designed by Thomas Hopper and built between 1820 and 1837 in Neo-Norman style.

The skylight and ornate plasterwork dome of the Grand Staircase at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, designed by Thomas Hopper and built between 1820 and 1837 in Neo-Norman style. Read less

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Illuminated arches accentuate the beautiful brick ceiling of Liverpool cathedral

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The vibrant, painted ceiling of a Taoist Temple in Liaoyuan, China.

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The beautiful glass roof of the British Museum, London, reveals the turquoise sky of a cold, clear winter’s day.

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A round window in New Museum, Berlin, carves a space for itself in an oppressive brick ceiling.

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A glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly in bright, watercolour-like hues, adorns the ceiling of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

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The octagonal dome of the Baptistery of Saint John (Battistero di San Giovani) in Florence, Italy, reveals faded paintings of religious figures.

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The Ceiling at the Grand Central Station in Downtown Los Angeles is a vision of rays of steel and glass.

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The swirling ceiling of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain, is a classic example of Antoni Gaudí’s surreal architectural style.

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The ornate glass cupola of the Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), in the heart of Glasgow.

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An image taken directly under a large chandelier in an Austrian church.

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The interior of the cathedral dome of Siena, Italy, is coated in a gold, scale-like pattern and a blue painted recess illuminates its centre.

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The glass ceiling of the Guggenheim in Manhattan, NY, framed by a swirling spiral staircase.

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Stunning glass atrium ceiling of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France.

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The arched ceiling of the Hays Galleria, London, recedes into the distance.

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An atmospheric painted ceiling in a dome-roofed hall.

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A dream-like glass ceiling crafted in misty pastel colours.

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A ceiling decorated with a variety of beautiful, brightly-painted dishes.

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A Fragment of an ancient mosque in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is tiled in blue Arabic mosaic.

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A distorted glass panel ceiling.

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