Metro station in Naples, Italy
The phrase "staring at the ceiling" brings to mind an annoying episode of sleeplessness or possibly a vacant state of mind. Here are some ceilings that could liven up the old expression. Some are colored glass, some wood or molded plaster — strangely enough, one ceiling pictured below is made of over a million iridescent beetles. Whatever the materials, they are spectacular.
Shāh Chérāgh mosque in Shiraz, Iran
Mirror Room of the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium (aqua colored sections are made from 1.6 million beetles)
The Peacock Room at Sammezzano Castle in Italy
Entrance at a home in Cape Town, South Africa
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City
British Museum in London