Architectural Marvels

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Published in: May 2018

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands When was it built: From 1896 to 1906 Who built it: British Time taken: 10 years Where is it located: Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India Why was it built: As Solitary Confinement Architectural Style: Cellular, Pronged Visit Timing: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm to 4.45 pm How to Reach: Port Blair is well-connected with many cities of mainland India by sea and air. Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, stands as a dark reminiscence of the British rule in the Indian subcontinent. This most dreaded and grueling colonial prison situated in the remote archipelago was used by the British particularly to exi... Read More

Published in: Mar 2018

The Sydney Opera House, Australia Inaugurated in 1973, The Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted shells which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the pr... Read More

Published in: Feb 2018

Colosseum, Rome Located just east of the Roman Forum, the massive stone amphitheatre known as the Colosseum was commissioned around A.D. 70-72 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people. In A.D. 80, Vespasian's son Titus opened the Colosseumofficially known as the Flavian Amphitheatrewith 100 days of games, including gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights. After four centuries of active use, the magnificent arena fell into neglect, and up until the 18th century it was used as a source of building materials. Though two-thirds of the original Colosseum has been destroyed over time, the amphitheatre remains a popular tourist destination, as well as an iconic ... Read More

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is an arts centre containing an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007. With the Great Hall of the People to its east, The National Centre for the Performing Arts is located on Chang'an Avenue, Beijing. The NCPA, originally named National Grand Theatre, was designed by French architect Paul ... Read More

Published in: Dec 2017

WELL KNOWN FACTS: Chinese name: (Chngchng /channg-chnng/ 'Long Wall') Location: Northern China History : About 2700 years Length: Approximately 21,196 kms from east to west China Declared as a WORLD HERITAGE SITE by UNESCO in 1987 The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery. Who Built the Great Wall and Why It was built in different areas by different states/dynasties to protect different territorial borders. Who Built the Great Wall, and When It's often said that the First Emperor of Qin built the ... Read More

Published in: Nov 2017

Covent Garden Market Building Covent Garden is a district of Westminster, in Greater London, on the eastern fringes of the West End, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit-and-vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and with the Royal Opera House, which is also known as "Covent Garden". The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal's Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the historical buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the London Transp... Read More

Published in: Oct 2017

Old Town Square, Prague Founded in the 12th century, the most significant square of Prague has been witness to many historical events. It started life as the central marketplace for Prague in 1091 A.D. The Old Town Square and the surrounding quarter form the heart of the city of Prague. The lively square is lined with magnificent buildings in different architectural styles, from Gothic to Baroque. With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe. The most notable sights on the square are the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nicholas Church. Founded in the 12th century, the most significant square... Read More

Published in: Sep 2017

Caspar Van Wittel If you want to see Rome in all its unbridled glory; teaming with tourists, hawkers, artists, street performers, thieves, priests, paupers of all descriptions, and plain old Romans out for a passeggiata, you have to go to the Piazza Navona. It was created from an existing lot in the mid-17th century on the site of the old Stadium of Domitian, a horseshoe-shaped arena for foot races built in the 1st century AD. Of all Rome's piazzas, this isolapedonale (pedestrian precinct) is one where the liveliness of Roman life is most tangible. It has long been a meeting place for the inhabitants of Rome. In past, in addition to the market, processions and spectacles were held here - inc... Read More

Published in: Aug 2017

Before Times Square, now known as One Times Square becomes the most popular building in the world once every year. On the New Years Eve, the glittering ball descends slowly from the top of this structure to mark the passing from one year to the next. Over a million people gather at this place to observe the dropping of the ball along with hundreds of millions watching at home on television. Located in the city of New York with an average of 45 million visits each year, Times Square is the most visited destination in the New York and the United States. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is also referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Univer... Read More

Venkateshwara Tirupati Temple India is a culturally diversified country and of the many faiths practiced in the world period Hinduism is considered to be the oldest living religion. In India, it has endured for thousands of years and has dotted the landscape with innumerable temples. But there is one that towers atop the hills of southern India as one of the most visited Hindu religious sites anywhere on the planet. Located in the hill town of Tirumala in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the temple dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Vishnu is believed to have appeared here to save the human race from the trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. There is something about it wh... Read More

Amber Fort - Jaipur City History Capital and largest city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often referred to as The Pink City, was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber after whom the Jaipur city is named. He was a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled Amber from 1699-1744 which lay 11 km away from present day Jaipur. With the increasing population and growing scarcity of water, he decided to shift to Jaipur, the first planned city of India. It is now the tenth most populous city of India with a population of 3.1 million people. Many have termed Jaipur to be one of the best planned cities of our country. Before planning the layout of Jaipur city, Jai Singh consulted several books... Read More

Published in: Apr 2017

HISTORY & FOUNDATION Featured as the worlds most liveable city for the sixth time, the city of Melbourne couldnt be happier. It just adds to the citys motto, Vires acquirit eundo which means she gathers strength as she goes. Located in the southern Australian state of Victoria, the Melbourne city opens out like a fan from the shores of Port Phillip Bay, making it a home to over 4 million residents. COLONIZATION OF MELBOURNE The city was founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemens Land on the banks of Yarra river in 1835. Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second most populous city of Australia (the first being Sydney). The disco... Read More

Vedic scriptures refer to the sun as Surya or Aditya, the sun god. Vedas full of hymns describe the celestial body as sustainer of life on earth. Worship of Sun in India is an ancient practice. KONARK SUN TEMPLE Commonly known as Konark, it is located 35 km from Puri and 65 km from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, Odisha (earlier Orissa.) An architectural marvel, Konark derives its name from the Sanskrit word Kona and Arka, which means Corner and Sun respectively. Combined, they form Sun of the corner. The temple dedicated to Sun God has three different images of the Sun God at its three sides which catch the rays of the sun during morning, noon, and evening. Sun Temple of Konark is grandest... Read More

Parliament of India India may get a new Parliament building with latest technological facilities if a proposal mooted by current Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is anything to go by. She has said the existing 88-year-old structure is showing signs of distress and will no longer be able to meet the growing demand for space 10 years hence. However, Parliament is in distress for another reason. Its construction has been at variance with Vaastu principles. A revamp is called for and is unavoidable. It has to be done some day if the sad state of affairs of criminals making it to the top body has to be avoided, says renowned Ahmedabad based Astro-Vaastu expert Dr Ravi Rao. Highest in commanding ... Read More

The Melbourne Cricket Ground or The G Apart from being architectural marvels, Stadiums are also a massive source of entertainment, celebration, passion. Ranging from GilliDanda to International Cricket, India is actively involved in a plethora of sports. Stadiums are places for outdoor sports, musical concerts, national events, with spectator seating facility and play a great role in bringing together all types of people irrespective of caste, religion, etc. Eden Gardens is the largest cricket stadium in Kolkata, India and the second largest in the world with a seating capacity of 66,000. However, Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium located in Motera, Ahmedabad is currently under renovation and wil... Read More

It is one of the most popular buildings in the world and the place where the worlds most powerful man hangs his hat. The White House is a historical monument that houses the most influential leaders of the world including the President of the United States of America. Aerial view of the White House Until 1811, the building was referred to as the Presidential Palace or Presidential Mansion. Dolley Madison, wife of the US President James Madision from 1809 -1817, called it the Presidential Castle. The architecture of the White House is that of the Neoclassical style. It was designed by the Irish-born architect James Hoban and was personally approved by George Washington. The construction of the... Read More

Published in: Sep 2016

Architecture Perpendicular Gothic Revival The Palace of Westminster is better known today as the British Parliament or the Houses of Parliament. It was first built by Canute the Great as far back as the 11th century. The Westminster Palace is the meeting place of the two houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom The House of Lords and the House of Commons and is the Heart of British Politics. The Palace of Westminster lies on the northern bank of River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. Its name has been derived from the neighbouring Westminster Abbey which is a Gothic abbey church and represents two structures The Old Palace, a medieval building constructed first during t... Read More

Published in: Aug 2016

Rakshabandhan is a tie of protection and it pays to do it right. From the type of rakhi to buy to the direction you face during the ceremony, there are guidelines. Following these brings you the protection that the festival offers. Rakshabandhan has evolved into a bond of love and protection between a brother and a sister. On this day, brothers make a promise to protect their sisters and to keep them out of harms way. Sisters tie a thread with an amulet to their brothers wrist to protect him from evil forces. Siblings pray for each others well-being and happiness. Rabindranath Tagore expanded its scope to promote unity and harmony in society. He was the first to popularise Rakhi Mahotsav. In... Read More

Published in: Jul 2016

The word Yajna comes from the root- yaj which means to worship. The English equivalent of the word is sacrifice. Although it has several implications, Yajna broadly includes three significant elements: worshipping gods as an act of gratitude, realizing a close proximity with God and, embracing daan or giving as a way of life. We deeply owe the environment and nature our existence and sustenance in the sense that it is they who provide us with air to breathe, food to eat and water to drink. In return of these, we perform Yajna as an act of worship with reverence, gratitude and offerings. From Dr. Ravi Raos Desk:Traditionally the first Yajna reported to have done was based on Vedic rituals. Ved... Read More

Telangana has been witness to a lot of violent protests and unrest before its inception. Telangana's First Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao Today, the state is a forebearer of the principles of Vaastu. Read on... The struggle for the separation of states which started in 1948 came to an end with the split of the then state of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The current Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao formed Telangana Rashtra Samiti (T.R.S) - a party that played a key role in this split. Vaastu is know for its worth, but it is ignored and exploited. India should adopt Vaastu whole heartedly, as it is an ancient science and has proved it worth time and again. It shoul... Read More