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It is not known precisely, but it is generally believed that there may have been about 1200 timber stave churches in Norway. Only 28 survive today and only a few of these are mostly original.
These brick fragments are 10th century, from about 950, and were found on a site just outside Bukhara. They are really lovely historical evidence.
I have seen some more 'lime swirls'. This time I saw them on a building in Cadiz, south west Spain, and they would be from about 1750 or thereabouts.
These beautiful tiles are by Rafael Guastavino from 1907.
These lime swirls were seen in Prague and date from about 1560.
Sgraffito is the technique of etching out a pattern in a thin lime render to reveal the colour of the stone underneath