Peter Cartwright


Beautiful Tasmanian Brickwork Built Nearly 200 Years Ago

Bags packed, tickets booked, I was off to Tasmania. But what to see? Looking through some brochures, I was drawn to a town rich in heritage, the colonial town of Richmond, a mere 25kms from Hobart, this was definitely going on the itinerary!

Richmond had plenty of things to see, including a historic prison, but the one thing that really caught my eye was its arched bridge sited near the old gaol and aptly named the Richmond Bridge. Built entirely by the hard labour of convicts, it also happens to be Australia’s oldest bridge and is still being used today.

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More Profoundly Astonishing Brickwork from the Ukraine

The Annunciation Cathedral Kharkiv is a Neo-Byzantine structure built in 1888. At 80 metres high, it’s a stunning structure and the largest and tallest church in the Russian Empire.

These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

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A Smorgasbord of so Many Facets of Bricklaying in the Ukraine!

OK, let’s go to the Ukraine! I have to say this was an awesome trip (except for the shooting down of MH17 on the day I arrived). There is so much brick construction in Ukraine – over 90% of all construction is brickwork and I had the opportunity to visit this extremely profitable brick construction site.

Check out this full brick Cathedral, now and in the construction stages.

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St Petersburg Brickwork is Forever

OK, let’s push on. This, in my opinion bricklaying-wise, is the most profound church in the world. It is the main church of St. Petersburg – Cathedral of the Resurrection or the Church of Spilt Blood.

This church is built on the site where Tsar Alexander the Great was executed. The extraordinary brickwork is phenomenal. It was started in 1883 and finally finished in 1907. It is one of the churches that covers all bricklaying applications to great lengths.

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Mind-blowing Russian Reds

I would like to share with you some of the most aesthetically profound brick constructions in the world. My recent trip to Europe, Russia and Ukraine has reinforced by belief that Red Square in Moscow houses some of the best brick constructions in the world. One of my favourites in Red Square is the Russian historical museum, pictured above.

Built by architect Vladimir Sherwood (whose father was an English Engineer), the museum is constructed of red brick and is a prime example of Russian Revivalism. It was completed in 1894 after a 20 year construction period, and its walls (some of them 1.4 metres thick) contain nearly all facets of bricklaying including this precision and architectural construction.

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