Cathedrals across the globe are always a hot spot for tourists. Generally, the first thing anyone does upon entering one of these monumental sites is to look up and appreciate the incredible size of the space. The vaulted ceilings always have a major wow-factor, and the overall massive architectural detail of a cathedral is just mind-blowing.

American photographer David Stephenson spent six years capturing this grand, awe-inspiring world of centuries-old architecture. Particularly, he focuses on abstract, precise compositions of the high-vaulted ceilings found in European religious structures, and these photographs are featured as a collection in his book titled Heavenly Vaults.

By lying on the ground at a central point in each structure, Stephenson is able to transform the elaborate ceiling details into symmetrical patterns of geometric shapes and colors.

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