Luxor Temple

Temple of Luxor

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The Temple of Luxor will always attract tourist attraction. It still has that mystery about it that is associated with all thing ancient Egyptian. Located in Thabes which was in ancient times called Waset and was the capital of the Egyptian empire in the 12th century.The huge temple complex runs parallel to the Nile and was built by the legendary pharaoh King Amenhotep III who reigned 1390-53 BC. He dedicated it to Amon Re,his companion Mut and sons Khons. The temple has been held in reverence by the Egyptians throughout the ages and is still a popular worship site here. The structure and complex of the temple was further expanded by Tutankhamun and Horemheb. You will also see a granite shrine here which is dedicated to Alexander. In the Christian era the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Church. For thousands of years after that the popularity of the temple waned away and people forgot that there was a temple here initially. It lay hidden beneath the present day streets and houses of Luxor. A mosque of Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj was also constructed over it. Continue reading “Temple of Luxor” »

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Red Fort in Delhi

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Delhi is a strange mix of modernity and antiquity. Like now it is the capital of India, in ancient times it was the stronghold of the Mughals and changed hands many a times. It has been one of the strongest Islamic centers in Asia. Old Delhi is still reminiscent of that essential Mughal bazaar culture with its hordes of eateries, paratha stall, kababs savories, narrow lanes, and a host of other knick knacks. Standing in the background of this huge human drama of buying and selling is the iconic Red Fort in Delhi also popularly called the Lal Quila by locals. If anything speaks history through its structure it is the Red Fort. Its thick stand stone walls have stood the test of time. Located on a dry moot that was once used for defensive measures, it looks rather large and intimidating. After all the history of it is not quite pleasant and one etched in bloodshed and betrayal. Continue reading “Red Fort in Delhi” »

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is almost synonymous with all things romantic and beautiful. It is more than a beautiful structure in marble. It is almost haunting in its beauty. Located in Agra on the River Yamunna, its history is etched in love, betrayal, and blood shed. Though we get to hear only the romantic side of it the gory part is as intense. The Taj is best viewed on a moonlit night. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built it in the memory of his lady love Mumtaj Mahal who died during child birth. The serenity and purity of the structure will awe you. Moreover the geometric precision and compactness of the structure is a great engineering feat. But the most distinguishing feature of the Taj Mahal is its painting made from precious and semi precious stones on the inside of the Mahal. Continue reading “Taj Mahal” »

Tower Bridge in London

Tower Bridge in London

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Along with the Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the Queens guards, Tower Bridge in London is synonymous with the city. It is in all probability the most popular bridge in the world. It was designed by Sir Horace Jones. The engineer appointed with this was Sir John Wolfe-Barry. The bridge was started in 1886 and completed in 1894. The whole of the tower exterior is designed in Victorian masonry. It stands ta 206 feet. The material used to make it was steel. The whole design and architecture of the tower in Victorian Gothic style is perfectly in sync with the surrounding and also the Tower of London. Continue reading “Tower Bridge in London” »

Great wall of China

Great Wall of China

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Great Wall of China was listed as an UNESCO site in 1987. This winding pathway over mountain, plateaus, grasslands and deserts is one of the most fascinating man made structure in human history. Its very breadth – 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) is unimaginable. Records of it go back to 2000 years. While some of the sections are in derelict conditions others are well preserved. Some of the most scenic landscape can be viewed from its upper reaches. One of the interesting  Great Wall of China Facts is that it was built by the laborers, farmers, and soldiers in China and continued from the Warring States Period to the to Ming Dynasty. The wall starts from Hushan in Liaoning and ends in Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu in the western zone. It passes through nine provinces namely the Liaoning, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Gansu. According to Chinese history 20 or more dynasties added to the Great Walls. Initially it was under the military and access to it was tough by tourists. Now most of the sections have been opened to visitors. Continue reading “Great Wall of China” »

Toronto CN Tower

CN Tower Toronto

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Located in downtown Toronto CN Tower Toronto, in Canada is one of the highest observation and communication tower in the world. It stands at a height of 553.3 metres and is surpassed only by Burj Khalifa in Dubai as the tallest independent structure on land. It is a signature of Canada and attracts about two million visitors from all over the world. CN refers to Canadian National the name of the railway company that commissioned the project. The CN now stands for Canadian National Tower.The American Society of Civil Engineering considers it as one of the wonders of the world. The idea to build the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere originated when the Canadian National Railway wanted to built a huge TV and radio communication platform to cater to the Toronto area. It also wanted to demonstrate the strength of the company as a whole. The project was declared official by 1972. Some of the engineers associated with this project were Webb, Zerafa, Menkes, and Housden Architects. Continue reading “CN Tower Toronto” »