Photo credit: Matthew Simmonds

While they may look like an optical illusion of sorts, these intricate historical structures were all carved directly into blocks of marble by the extremely talented Matthew Simmonds, without the use of high-tech machinery. He blends the rough edges in with the structures for a contrasting effect. You’ll see everything from baroque basilicas to ancient Roman temples, complete with domed-roofs and elaborate columns. Continue reading for more images and information.

My Modern Met adds:

While architecture can be seen as the transformation of materials celebrating Man’s skill and ingenuity, Simmond’s sculptures could perhaps prove otherwise.

Nature overpowers architecture and encases it as if it’s a fossil.

The gorgeously-crafted rooms, while pristine, are no match for the rocks they’re trapped inside; it offers a fascinating way of looking at these classic structures.