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Look Up! Incredible Ceiling Designs

Jill Harness

While the only ceiling art most people are familiar with is the famous mural on the Sistine Chapel, it's certainly not the only ceiling worth a look. Over at WebUrbanist, you can learn more about 15 other stunning ceilings that will leave you ready to travel to distant locations to see them in person.

Perhaps the most impressive example is the one on the left, located in the Royal Palace in Brussels. How did it end up with such a stunning green iridescence? The work was created with 1.6 million Thai jewel beetles that were carefully glued to the ceiling by Flemish artist Jon Fabre.