The Luray Singing Tower

Singing Bell Tower

A bell tower known as The Luray Singing Tower, officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial, was erected in 1937 in memory of Colonel T.C. Northcott’s wife. At 117 feet in height the Luray Singing Tower contains a carillon of 47 bells. The largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter. The smallest weighs a mere 12 1/2 pounds. Recognized as one of the country’s major carillons, regularly scheduled recitals are held, free of charge, throught the spring, summer and fall. The carillon is situated in a park opposite Luray Caverns. … Continue readingSinging Bell Tower

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Looking up into the dome from the floor of the Rotunda in the Texas state capitol building near sunset. The Rotunda showcases the interior dome which rises 218 feet from the floor. A huge sheet metal star, measuring 8 feet from point to point, surrounded by lettering that spells out “TEXAS” anchors the top.

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The Castle

The Castle

Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities. Dominating the North Platform and located in the center of the archaeological site is the Temple of Kukulcán (a Maya feathered serpent deity similar to the Aztec Quetzalcoatl). The temple was identified by the first Spaniards to see it, as El Castillo (“the castle”), and it regularly is referred to as such. This step pyramid stands about 98 feet high and consists of a series of nine square terraces, each approximately 8.4 feet high, with a 20 foot high temple upon the summit. … Continue readingThe Castle

Tree Of Life

Tree of Life

The tree of life is a fundamental widespread mytheme or archetype in many of the world’s mythological, religious and philosophical traditions. It is closely related to the concept of the sacred tree.

The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree.

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Octagon Wine Barrels

Wine Barrels

The Barboursville Vineyards flagship wine, Octagon, is a Bordeaux-style blend, mainly based on Merlot, with parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Octagon was first produced in 1991, then again in 1995, but 1998 marks the vintage that began the run of consistency, with the exception of the 2003 vintage when no Octagon was produced. … Continue readingWine Barrels