Years ago...many,many years ago I studied Interior Design, out first piece of homework was to research the 5 Orders of Architecture.
Basically these are columns, 3 originate in Greece, with a further 2 added later by the Romans.
Each of the 5 styles were named after places where they were first conceived.
Roman- Tuscan. Tuscany
Composite, this order is a combination of Ionic and Corinthian.
they are all very distinct, in size,shape and decoration. All classical architecture is defined by whichever of the columns were used as the base unit.
Concentrating on the Greek ones today, Doric is the oldest and simplest of the 3 Greek orders. The column has no base, and the flutings are few,large and not deep.
The Ionic columns are easily distinguishable by their volutes/spirals. The Corinthian order was the most decorative of the three, with deep flutes and capitals adorned with acanthus leaves.
So here is my page with the 3 Greek orders..
As for my card I looked to our own royal family. The Queens husband, Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was in fact born in Corfu as the Prince of Greece and Denmark.
Here is my card,looking absolutely nothing like Prince Philip...I sincerely hope this does not count as treason. I have a chest infection and backache and I could do without being locked up in the tower of London..
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