Annual pilgrimage of Hasidic Jews to Bobowa, Poland.

Before the outbreak of the World War 2 and the Nazi German invasion on Poland, the small town of Bobowa was an important centre of Hasidic culture. The Jewish people, who were invited to Bobowa in 18th century, constituted majority of Bobowa’s population in the 1930s. It was home to one of the most influential Hasidic dynasties in Poland, called Bobov or Bobover Dynasty. The 18th-century synagogue in Bobowa, renovated and reopened in 2003, is one of the most valuable examples of surviving Jewish sacral architecture in Poland, with carefully reconstructed fragment of polychromy. Nowadays Bobowa is an active place of worship and an important destination for the Bobover Hasidic pilgrims who visit the town’s synagogue and historic ohel (grave of prominent Jewish community leaders) every year.

Photos via bobowa24.pl.

Accidental Citadel #1. Arequipa, Peru. 2005

A bastion of painted masonry, concrete, and signage. This is one of my favorite examples of informal architecture I have ever found.  Multiple overlapping planes of pink, yellow, white, and exposed brick create a comic composition of great virtual depth in a compressed space. The invocation of a fortified village is alive and well on the backside of a Peruvian urban neighborhood near one of the city’s main cemeteries.  Truck service ramps act as glacis off to the right while a single off-center gate in the squat “Mobil Lubricantes” structure restricts access. Multiple guard towers and exposed re-bar spires peer over this low “castle’s” walls.