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Old February 16th, 2011, 08:12 AM   #41
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wow, that is incredible. I really hope the restoration project is successful.
i like the music so much! this is the Vietnamese Royal music! "Nha nhac cung dinh Hue"!
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Old February 17th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #42
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wow..no one has posted yet abotu ancient indian temples/palaces?
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Old February 17th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #43
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Some more detailed views of the shown 17th century Edo painting:

Edo Castle - the largest castle ever built, made up of 5 concentric rings of battlements designed to trap and confuse marauding armies
(destroyed 1945).


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It once took up the entire Imperial Palace Park, all the green as far as you can see, and some:




small area above in red, close-up for scale:




In 1657, a kimono owned by 3 successive courtesans, who died shortly after, was ceremonially burned in exorcism. The original kimono had been
made out of purple cloth echoing the clothes of a handsome man the girl had seen at court. All 3 claimed to be haunted by a 'beautiful shadow'.
As it was being burned a sudden wing sprang up and set fire to the temple, then the entire city, including 600 palaces and temples, and killing up to 100,000.



Unbeknownst to itself the new Edo that rose from the ashes often became the world's largest city in many periods of its isolation, by 1700 it topped 1 million






Merchant's shops in Edo old town

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Parts of the castle

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"Tameike Pond, Hie Sanno Shrine and shops in front of it, Ii Kamon no kami residence"

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Photochrome print panorama of Edo / old Tokyo. By the time the American 'Black Ships' landed and opened up
Japan to the world Edo was vying with Beijing and London as the world's largest city, with vast court, entertainment, sex, merchant and working class districts:


Wiki - full resolution here
Just before the earthquake

http://aboutjapan.japansociety.or


Edo was wiped out by earthquake, fire and tsunami in 1923 - the world's costliest natural disaster to this day.



The new city that rose from its ashes was again annihilated in 1945, in the worlds worst air raids (so destroyed there was no point of dropping the
A-bombs on it). If it had survived it would have been the worlds largest collection of art deco.


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Old February 17th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #44
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wow..no one has posted yet abotu ancient indian temples/palaces?
Lots of Indian temple complexes and cities were destroyed during Islamic invasions, but not much research is done on the subject due to political sensitivities

Anyways, there's a whole thread of pre-colonial Indian cities here:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1099783

Here is the Old city of Delhi. Largely destroyed by British-Indian troops around 1857.

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Overview of Delhi before the siege of 1857 (cllick to enlarge)

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Chandni Chowk, Delhi (1815)

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Chandni Chowk, Delhi (1841)

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Chandi Chowk, Delhi (date unknown)


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Old February 18th, 2011, 06:00 AM   #45
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That Edo thread is incredible! I always feel annoyed that once such great, beautiful cities existed (not saying that modern day Tokyo is not), but it's just so... amazing.

And if that Edo castle still existed it would be like Beijing's Forbidden City equivalent which would be great for the city.

Old Delhi back in the days looked amazing too... Are there any places today that maintain most of the city in traditional style of Indian/Mughal architecture?
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Old February 19th, 2011, 01:09 PM   #46
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spliff fairy: many thanks for posting those Tokyo pictures! Japan's "lost decades" of architecture between the Meiji Restoration and WW2 has always fascinated me to no end, but pictures of that era seem very hard to come by. Great to finally see some. Got more?
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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #47
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Old July 15th, 2011, 11:57 AM   #48
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I have finally found some information/photos of the Chengdu Imperial Palace that used to stand in the very centre of Chengdu (much like the Forbidden City in Beijing).
It is now completely gone and replaced by the statue of Mao and a Science & Technology Museum.

I will post more soon!!
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Old July 16th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #50
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Old July 17th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #51
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Here are photos of the Chengdu Imperial Palace.

Thanks to greenlay over on the Mainland China threads for finding these!!

Just for reference, the area of Chengdu's Imperial Palace where it once stood looks like this today:


from http://www.our7worlds.com/photo/main...serialNumber=7

Here are some rare photos of the palace:
























All of these photos are from http://www.xcar.com.cn/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=13883993


I will post more soon!!
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Efes/Ephesus



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Efes by Queen Esoterica, on Flickr

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Ephesus (8) by GoGap, on Flickr

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Ephesus Theater by tsparks, on Flickr

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Efes Pilser by Matt and Kelly, on Flickr
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Photochrome print panorama of Edo / old Tokyo. By the time the American 'Black Ships' landed and opened up
Japan to the world Edo was vying with Beijing and London as the world's largest city, with vast court, entertainment, sex, merchant and working class districts:


Wiki - full resolution here
When I uploaded this image to Wikimedia, I almost shed a tear, honestly.
Edo must have been the most astonishing urban center of Asia at that time, even if it constantly got destroyed and rebuilt. Such a pity Japan suffers so many catastrophes. Neither the people nor the country deserve this. But that's nature, the cruel b*tch...
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When I uploaded this image to Wikimedia, I almost shed a tear, honestly.
Edo must have been the most astonishing urban center of Asia at that time, even if it constantly got destroyed and rebuilt. Such a pity Japan suffers so many catastrophes. Neither the people nor the country deserve this. But that's nature, the cruel b*tch...
True... none of that is left in Tokyo at all right? Not even a structure in the midst of the highrises
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Old August 12th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #56
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Caral in Peru was a city with huge pyramids from around 2500BC
Here's some pictures from the wiki page.

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What a wonderful thread!
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Old Manila. A unique blend of colonial Spanish and American architecture. First partly destroyed by the Japanese and then carpet bombed to pieces by the American army when the Japanese were about to capitulate. Almost nothing is left of the pearl of the orient. One of the largest destructions in WWII.

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The Shambles that was Manila, Sampaloc, University of Santo Tomas distance upper left. The structure in the distance upper right is the Ocampo Pagoda. 1945 by John T Pilot, on Flickr

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Old August 15th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #59
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Very sad
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One little example of anchient remainings in Sweden. Ismanstorp ringfort. Not much left of it though.


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