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Cross bedded Nubian Sandstone and the carved city of Petra, Jordan

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The Court of Five Lights had four paths. The north and south were clear, empty rose-granite walkways that led to Noon Point in the south and Promenade Medical Bay in the north. The eastern path ended in the Hall of Five Lights, where Telos and the Tribunes made their decisions and kept the clan running smoothly. On the west side, the path ended in the Starlight Museum, full decorated with banners and ornaments made of fae amber. When Telos’ vacation was over and she was whole and relaxed and ready to take on the Seat, it would open and she would be the one to guide the rest of the clan inside.

Originally, those four points were supposed to be all there was to the Court. The rest of the architecture was in the outer ring of colonnades, the massive inner arcade and the innermost courtyard were the full design. But now there was a tiny path extending from the the southeast quadrant that led to a modest structure of creamy sandstone.

There were no pillars here, nothing massive, impressive, or especially resplendent. Just a steepled roof half the height of an imperial on an auditorium nearly as wide. It could admit full form dragons, but it was clear that it was built with compact humanoid forms in mind. Latticed windows in cinquefoil arches dotted the front and back of the building, allowing natural light in at all times. The walls were not painted or paneled, instead decorated with blind arches inside and blind arcades outside, both in bright marble that lent natural contrast. A bell tower jutted out a little higher than the steeple, but it was empty. On either side of the archway that allowed entry, flickering runes for ‘clan’ and 'truth’ floated.

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Meteora- Greece

Meteora is one of the largest and most important Greek Orthodox Monasteries. It is second only to Mount Athos. The complex is made up of 6 monasteries built on natural sandstone pillars in Central Greece. Hermit Monks were the first to inhabit Meteora in the 9th century. 

Originally, the only way to climb to the monasteries (on average 313m high) was by use of long ladders, or rope used to haul people up. Ropes were only replaced “when the lord let them break”.

Easter Broomhouse Standing Stone, East Lothian, Scotland

This standing stone commands a prominent position on a ridge south of Easter Broomhouse with views over the North Sea and Dunbar. The red sandstone pillar is about 9 ft high and about 6 ft in girth at the base where it is roughly rectangular. There are three cup marks on its west face. Deep grooves on the base of the stone were caused by a steam-plough.

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Baze Malbus is by and large a simple man. His needs, few: warm clothing and a dry place to sleep, the prospect of food, a good drink, a well-maintained blaster. His wants, even fewer: keeping Chirrut safe, keeping Chirrut happy, also the complete and utter destruction of the Empire.

Oh, and the privilege of being able to ogle Chirrut whenever he pleases. At the moment, this means leaning against a sandstone pillar on the edge of one of Jedha City’s market plazas, idly checking over the wiring in his cannon by feel rather than sight, as his eyes are occupied with the graceful figure of his partner a few dozen feet away going through his morning kata.

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Monument Monday: 13th Anniversary of Pompeys Pillar National Monument

As the saying goes, “history is being made every day,” but how many of us have the forethought to document our adventures, dreams or innovations? Over a hundred years ago, Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition anticipated the significance of his journey to the Wild West and was diligent in documenting his travels in a journal.  Clark’s journal is a piece of history that links us with a different time, and the Bureau of Land Management is privileged to manage the only other physical evidence Clark left behind: his signature on a sandstone pillar in central Montana.  

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Photograph by Michael Yamashita. @yamashitaphoto: The otherworldly cliffs of China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park were the real world inspiration for the floating Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in James Cameron’s film ‘Avatar’. Pictured here is the 'Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ the 3,544ft quartz-sandstone pillar most featured in the movie. #Wulingyuan #Zhangjiajie #mountains #Avatar #China @natgeocreative @thephotosociety by natgeo

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Nice driveby road view of the sandstone pillars in Badlands National Park

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Quartzite Sandstone Pillars in Wulingyuan, China. I remember posting a photo of this same location by Thomas Dawson, but this time it’s smoky :3 What hasn’t changed is the fact that I want to party on top of that thing.

                            The Holy land by Spiros Lioris

This is Meteora Monastery located at  Kalabaka, Greece.It’s one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece,             second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural             sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly.

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