Modern life can be hectic, and as we rush from place to place it can be difficult to fully take in our surroundings. This is especially true for what lies beneath our feet, and it’s likely that many of us forget to look down as we move around. Plenty of floors come in unexciting plain carpet colours or dull linoleum, but there are some which are definitely worth paying a little more attention to. From the art deco chic of the Rockefeller Plaza in New York, to a sea life mosaic in Pompei, there are some floors which deserve attention in their own right. To find about more about these, and other amazing floors around the world, see our pick of the best below.
House of the Faun, Pompei – The House of the Faun dates all the way back to the second century BC, and its grand size covered a whole city block. The mosaic floor is remarkably well preserved thanks to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, which covered the walls and floor in a layer of protective volcanic ash. The colourful mosaic was excavated in 1830, and depicts a range of sea creatures including an octopus, lobster, sea bream and dogfish.
Chapel of St John the Baptist, Igreja de São Roque, Lisbon – This 18th century Rococo style church was designed by the Roman architects Nicola Salvi and Luigi Vantivelli, and was by funded shipments of gold from brazil to Lisbon. The colourful mosaic floor includes an armillary sphere – the national symbol of Portugal during its age of discovery.
Siena Cathedral, Italy – This black and white 13th century cathedral contains a breathtaking floor made of inlaid marble. Created by several different artists between the 14th and 16th centuries, it’s best viewed from above on one of the cathedral’s viewing platforms. The floor is covered with special cloths for two thirds of the year to protect it from wear and tear, but is unveiled to visitors every year from mid August until late October.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York – The cinematic Art Deco style floor of the Rockefeller Plaza is less detailed than some of the other floors on this list, but the design still makes a major impact. Built in 1933, the reflective black floor with bold gold lines shines under the low lighting, and the building is currently home to NBC television and broadcasting.
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