Great Steel Gates

 

Great steel gate design

Great steel gate design

Walking up the entrance road to Aletheia University in Danshui in the north of Taiwan I discovered these great steel gates. The steel gates are the back entrance to the Grand Chapel on the university campus which was built in 1997. The Chapel has since become the landmark of the university campus.

Design of the steel gates

A lot of work has gone into integrating the gate design into the shape of the arches. The intersecting semi-circles at the top of the gates match perfectly with each other. They also reflect the sacred aspect of the building in the traditional Gothic arch shape.

Art Nouveau Gates

Very different fine jewelry and silver shop in Santa Cruz

Very different fine jewelry and silver shop in Puerto Ayora

In Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz, an island in the Galapagos group, you cannot miss the silver Art Nouveau gates at the entrance to a white stucco fine jewelry shop on the left of the road on the way to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Art Nouveau gate is of particular interest. It is obvious that a lot of work has gone into its design and fabrication. It is something you do not expect to see on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

Front view of jewelry shop

Front view of jewelry shop

Detailed view of the front gate

Detailed view of the front gate