Sunset casts a golden glow in a beautifully designed hotel in Savannah, Georgia
The stone for the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia was shipped piece by piece from India, where craftsmen had sculptured it into more than 500 designs including rosettes, leaves, feathers and lacy geometric patterns. The thousands of sections, ranging from five ounces to five tons, each with its own bar code, have been assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle based on instructions for religious buildings written into scripture thousands of years old.
A peacock sculpture welcomes visitors to the BAPS Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Peacocks symbolize grace, pride, and beauty. They are a sign of joy for all who see them. Peacocks are often used in Indian mythology and folk stories.
Open to one and all, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, in Atlanta, Georgia) was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of three types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled like a giant 3-D puzzle.
The random growth of tree branches offers quite a contrast against architectural symmetry
Symmetrical lines on a color coordinated building in Savannah, Georgia
Vivid reflections of commercial buildings in a pond ……
From the beauty of nature in images posted last week to man-made artistry. A building with symmetrical lines …….
Colorful street shops and items for sale add vibrancy to an old building in Gujarat, India
The Faculty of Arts (at Maharaja Sayjirao University, Vadodara, India) building is known for its Gumbaz (The Dome) which has been modeled on the ‘Gol Gumbaz’ of Bijapur, and has often been rated as the finest dome for Educational Institutions in India.
On the top at Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Ibrahim Mosque was built by Ibrahim the son of Quli Qutb Shah. The mosque has now been ruined but still two minarets can be found along with three entrances adjacent to each other.
The old stonework of Golconda Fort, Hyderabad is in stark contrast to the unidentified white building that stands out.
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.
Since the time it was built 1518, Golconda Fort has been the pride of Hyderabad. Famous for its impenetrable structure, the fort is considered as a hallmark of excellence in military architecture. Golconda Fort is one of the grandest forts in India.
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.
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.
Am impressive door in side of the Palace …..
Colorful row homes in pastel colors line the street overlooking Paignton Harbor, England
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.
Founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, it is one of the larger colleges of the University of Oxford. Christ Church has a number of architecturally significant buildings including Tom Tower (designed by Sir Christopher Wren) and Tom Quad (the largest quadrangle in Oxford.
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.