Awe Inspiring Chimneys.

Architects rarely intentionally make chimneys the focal point of the build. After all the role of the chimney is in the main functional, allowing the safe use of the fireplace or wood stove either as a way of providing heat or for cooking. However like any other structure chimneys can achieve a status and level of decoration that promotes them to the overriding and unforgettable feature of the build.  
The following chimneys must be amongst the most memorable and famous in the world.
 
Thornbury CastleThornbury Castle
Thornbury castle more of a Tudor Country House than a defensive structure is memorable largely due to the chimneys which silhouette against the skyline with their intricate design. Thornbury was built in 1511, and the characteristic chimneys added later in 1514.


The bricks used on the chimneys were moulded and carved to achieve the symmetrical style.  In 1535 King Henry VIII confiscated the castle from his distant cousin the third Duke of Buckinghamshire whom was beheaded for treason.  Henry VIII  lived there for a while with Anne Boleyn. The English Civil War left Thornbury in poor condition, but it was renovated by the Howard family in 1824. Currently, Thornbury castle provides luxurious hotel accommodations for guests and serves as a wedding venue largely admired for its chimneys.
 
World’s Oldest Standing Chimneys
Richard the Lion Heart of the Plantagenet dynasty and the wife of England’s Henry II are buried at the site of some of the oldest surviving chimneys, at an abbey of Fontevrault .  The chimneys at the 12th century abbey are located in the kitchen, which has five large wood-burning fireplaces that are connected in an ingenious way to 20 stone chimneys.
The stone chimneys are pencil shaped and part of the Romanesque architecture of the building. The fireplaces themselves were used to cook and smoke fish and meat to feed several hundred people in the monastic community.

World’s Tallest Chimney
The tallest chimney in the world is located in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan, at the GRES-2 Power Station, which generates coal-fuelled power. Nicknamed as “the Cigarette Lighter by the locals, the 1,377-foot-high chimney has no close rivals in terms of its height.
The structure famously caught fire in May of 2006.   Smoke and flames were seen pouring out of the chimney. Fortunately, no one was injured in the chimney fire, the cause of the fire was never publically revealed.
 
The Das Heizhaus Chimney
Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, artist, educator, social thinker, and literary scholar Das Heizhaus Chimneyexpressed some   of his revolutionary ideas of nonconformity with some of  his  more unique architectural structures in the world.

Among his achievements is the artistic chimney on a structure he built called “Das Heizhaus,” which has served as an inspiration and frame of reference to architects ever since its construction in 1914.
Chimneys by Antoni Gaudi  One of Spain's most famous architect renowned the world over for his Catalan Modernism designs . His work is instantly recognisable and widely known for the amazing chimneys incorporated into his designs.

His unique style is typified on the structure called Milà, also the Casa known as La Pedrera.
The roof of the building is decorated with various clusters of 28 chimneys. Not only do they look stunning but to improve the draft in the amazing twisted design of the chimneys there are two concealed vents which help improve the building’s air flow.  The rooftop features of the building including the colourful chimneys are truly remarkable and include snail-shaped water tanks

After the inauguration of the building La Pedrera, Gaudi famously used fragments of glass from the empty champagne to decorate one of the chimneys.
Palau Güell  a  breath-taking structure in Barcelona,  it is art nouveau in style. Building started in 1886 with the outstanding chimneys completed in 1895. There are 20 chimneys in total   and they look like candy land fantasies. One chimney looks like a bright, swirly lollipop.
Another  of Gaudi’s unforgettable works is Casa Batlló. Again, found in the heart of Barcelona, the chimneys are the main feature   of the awe inspiring   building. The colourfully tiled rooftop is punctuated with bright, curvy chimneys

 

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