Travel Picks: World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings

Fri May 22, 2009 9:28am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Michelangelo's painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Rome may be the most lauded in the ceiling world, but it's far from the only one worth straining your neck to see.

The editors and members of travel website have compiled a list of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings, apart from the Sistine Chapel. Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. Bellagio Hotel; Las Vegas, Nevada

The colored disks that float on the ceiling of the Bellagio may look like multi-colored jellyfish, but they are in fact thousands of hand-blown glass flowers. Like the town itself, it has to be seen to be believed.

2. Debre Berhan Selassie Church; Gonder, Ethiopia

You'd never guess by looking at the outside of this small, relatively simple church that such stunning artwork graces the inside. It's said that none of the 104 winged cherubs that dot the ceiling are alike.

3. Grand Central Station; New York City, New York

Once covered in black grime, this ceiling was restored in the 1990s as part of the station's renovation and now depicts several signs of the zodiac in beautiful sea-green and gold hues. There's even a little patch that was left dirty just to show the difference between the "before" and "after."

4. Galeries Lafayette Department Store; Paris, France   Continued...

<p>The ceiling at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. REUTERS/ member Marietje2</p>