The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
 
 

Church of the Holy Trinity,Torri

Detail of the arcading in the cloister, Church of the Holy Trinity, Torri, Tuscany, 13th century. The use of different materials to create contrast, and the reliance on geometric patterns and interlocking designs was common to both Romanesque and Islamic architecture. Note the checkerboard effect on the third column from the right. The deep carving creates areas of light and shadow that create striking patterns using a very simple pattern.

Detail of the arcading in the cloister, Church of the Holy Trinity, Torri, Tuscany, 13th century (For more information about the building see Paradox Place).

The use of different materials to create contrast, and the reliance on geometric patterns and interlocking designs was common to both Romanesque and Islamic architecture. Note the checkerboard effect on the third column from the right. The deep carving creates areas of light and shadow that create striking patterns using a very simple pattern.