Stonework of Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort – this impressive hilltop fort, located 11 kilometers from the Hyderabad city center, has imposing ramparts and gates. Originally a mud fort built by the Kakatiyas, it was transformed into an imposing citadel during the 16th and 17th centuries by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Stonework of Golconda Fort

A Royal Courtyard

Perched 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace, a jewel among the clouds. Built in 1894, it is the former palace of the Nizam, rumored to be the richest man in the world at one time. No photographs allowed inside, but the architecture and woodwork is astounding.

A Royal Courtyard

Hyderabad Views from Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace is the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad State in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state.

It was Salabat Jung, the fourth Nizam of Hyderabad, who commissioned the construction of the Chowmahalla Palace way back in 1750. After more than 100 years, the construction was finally completed between 1857 and 1869 during the rule of Afzal ad-Dawlah, the fifth Nizam of Hyderabad.

Chowmahalla Palace

Am impressive door in side of the Palace …..

An Impressive Door

Impressive Altar

An impressive altar at Christ Church Cathedral of the diocese of Oxford. It is also the chapel of Christ Church at the University of Oxford. This dual role as cathedral and college chapel is unique in the Church of England. The Cathedral was built around 1546.

Impressive Altar

Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is a place of worship for The Queen and the Royal Family as well as a church serving the local community. Built by kings, shaped by the history of the Royal Family and still the location for both splendid Royal events.

The construction of the Chapel was begun in 1475 by Edward IV and completed by Henry VIII in 1528. The architecture represents one of the finest examples of ‘Perpendicular Gothic’ style in England.

St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

Garden of Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Tower

Royal Views

Views of London from the Royal Observatory Greenwich – an observatory situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time. There is actually a physical line where one can stand on both the East and West of the prime meridian.

London Skyline from Royal Observatory Greenwich

London from Royal Observatory Greenwich

Modern London Skyline

The Greater London metropolitan area contains the most skyscrapers in the European Union. As of 2018, there were 31 skyscrapers in London that reached a roof height of at least 150 meters (492 ft). 76 more buildings were built in 2019. Here is a view of modern architecture from across River Thames.

Modern London Skyline

Palace of Westminster

One of the most recognized buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster in London owes its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry. The design and layout of the building were carefully designed to serve the needs and workings of Parliament.

Palace of Westminster

Windows with Style

The 77 Duke Chapel windows were designed and constructed over a three-year period by 15 artists and craftsmen. They are constructed from over one million pieces of glass, imported from England, France, and Belgium and varying in thickness between 1/8 and 3/16 inch. The largest window measures 17.5 by 38 feet, and the smallest measures just 14 by 20 inches.

Impressive Window

Inside the Chapel

Duke University Chapel, like many Christian churches and cathedrals, is cruciform, with a nave that measures 291 feet long, 63 feet wide, and 73 feet high. The walls and vaults of the nave and transepts are constructed from Guastavino tile and were sealed in 1976 to increase sound reverberation and enhance the sound of the organ.

Majestic Chapel

Altar at Duke Chapel

A Chapel from Three Sides

Duke University Chapel is a chapel located at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Constructed from 1930 to 1932, the Chapel seats about 1,800 people and stands 210 feet tall, making it one of the tallest buildings in Durham County. It is built in the Collegiate Gothic style, characterized by its large stones, pointed arches, and ribbed vaults.

Duke University Chapel