The Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are a region of beautiful stone villages scattered among undulating limestone hills about 100 kilometers west of London. Appearing much as they did hundreds of years ago, the stone villages of the Cotswolds provide a unique view of 17th- and 18th-century...
Stone Masonry in Tuscany

Stone Masonry in Tuscany

Tuscany has some of the most beautiful stone buildings in the world.  The stone buildings in Tuscany were constructed over many centuries with many different kinds of stone, often with stone reclaimed from previous structures. Although there is no single Tuscan style...
Stone Masonry in Ireland

Stone Masonry in Ireland

Ireland has fabulous examples of stone masonry spanning many centuries. These few images only scratch the surface of what is there. The famous Rock of Cashel, shown above, is a group of 12th and 13th century structures in County...
Pennsylvania Fieldstone Buildings

Pennsylvania Fieldstone Buildings

The eastern U.S., particularly southeastern Pennsylvania, has a lot of attractive 18th- and 19th-century farm houses and mills built from stone.  Unlike that shown above, most of the stone used in these houses is irregular fieldstone.  Although there may be others, I...
Anasazi Ruins

Anasazi Ruins

The Anasazi were a fascinating culture of Native Americans that lived in what is now the southwestern U.S. until sometime during the 13th century. They built extensive stone “villages” at several locations including Mesa Verde in Colorado, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico,...
Sacsayhuman in Peru

Sacsayhuman in Peru

No presentation of stone masonry would be complete without including the Inca ruins in South America. Sacsayhuaman is an Inca ruin near Cuzco, Peru. The size of the granite blocks used at Sacsayhuman and tightness to which they were fit is difficult to believe. Stone...