I still remember the first time I saw a picture of an Archaeopteryx on the Biology school book. I have never been a big dinosaur admirer, although finding them fascinating I have always been drawn to the human body sciences.
For some reason, the Archaeopteryx fossil remained engraved on my memory, possibly because it was the first fossil to support Darwin’s theory of evolution or just because the idea of having a feathery creature with a birds’ beak, teeth, claws and bony tail, was to extraordinary not to be remembered.
On a casual visit to the Natural History Museum in London, I was delighted not only to see this fossil ‘in flesh’, but also the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, the book that has changed the way we look at the world, and I thought to myself “that’s the perks of living in London, how lucky!”. The opportunity to live, see and feel history/ art in person is one of the many London charms. And this one is for free!
While the exhibitions and specimens within the museum are exquisite, I have to say that I was mesmerized by the beauty and detail of the building per se, the intricate terracotta ornaments on the walls and the painted ceiling panels take its visitors into an all new level of exhibition. Each ceiling panel features not only the plant painting but also the Latin inscription of its species. The combination of high ceilings, stainless steel windows and terracotta tiles contribute to the buildings’ opulence and cathedral-like grandeur. A science and architectural delight!
“The Cathedral of Nature”