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Old April 5th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #361
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Sheikhupura Fort (traditionally, built 1607 onward)

The construction of Sheikhupura Fort is traditionally accredited to Emperor Jahangir, but there is no conclusive evidence of this. The fort certainly dates from at least the early Mughal era or earlier, and is the product of numerous modifications over the centuries. In its present form, the fort is a rough square measuring 128 meters north to south and 115.5 meters east to west, with walls averaging 11.5 meters in height. It presents a formidable appearance, and rises easily above the cityscape in southeastern Sheikhupura where it remains a distinctive landmark.
The traditional attribution of the fort to Jahangir is partly due to the proximity of the Hiran Minar tower and hunting retreat which was definitively built by Jahangir beginning in 1606. The Badhshah Nama records multiple visits to the area by Jahangir and his son, the Emperor Shah Jahan. All of these visits took place between 1606 and 1646, after which the area was briefly held by Shah Jahan's son, prince Dara Shikoh. The fort would likely have been used as a camp for the Emperor and his retainers, providing more suitable accomodations than the exposed baradari and other pavilions at Hiran Minar. One remnant of this period may be the ruined halls and basement chambers at the northeast corner of the fort, which Jahangir and Shah Jahan may have used as a royal residence.
The most impressive buildings inside the fort are the magnificent havelis (mansions) that were largely the product of the Sikh period and the latter Mughal era (the mid 17th to early 19th centuries). One famous occupant of the havelis was Maharani Datar Kaur (died 1838), the wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire.































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Old April 7th, 2016, 11:38 AM   #362
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Visit http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/...hore/index.php

And discover beautiful historical sites of Lahore and other Pakistani cities including forts, tombs, mosques etc.. This website has descriptions, location and layout plan information of historical buildings.



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Old April 25th, 2016, 07:46 PM   #363
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There's so many beautiful old ruins in this world! I hope I'll be able to see them all some day
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Old May 31st, 2016, 05:36 PM   #367
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One of the best preserved Greek temples:

Temple of Hephaestus - Athens Greece
Built 415BC (~2430 years ago)


Theseion by Prodromos Sarigianis, on Flickr

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Temple of Hephaestus by stephen.weinman, on Flickr

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The Ruins of São Miguel das Missões (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɐ̃w̃ miˈɡɛw das misˈõȷ̃s]; Portuguese for St. Michael of the Missions, also known as São Miguel Arcanjo, and by its former Spanish name San Miguel) is a Unesco World Heritage site located in the municipality of São Miguel das Missões, in the northwestern region of Rio Grande do Sul state, in southern Brazil.

The São Miguel das Missões mission was built between 1735 to around 1745 as Mission San Miguel Arcángel. São Miguel das Missões was one of the many Spanish Colonial Jesuit Reductions in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Spanish Jesuit missionaries founded the mission for Crown mandated Indian Reductions (Christian converting) of the Guaraní Indians; and to protect the natives from the Portuguese slave traders known as the Bandeirantes.


Façade of São Miguel das Missões.
The Treaty of Madrid in 1750 transferred sovereignty over the area from Spain to Portugal. The Spanish Jesuit missions were ordered to move to the retained Spanish territory west of the Uruguay River. The Guaraní tribes refused to comply with the order to relocate from their homelands, now deemed in Portuguese "territory." This led to the Guarani War. A joint Portuguese-Spanish army attacked and defeated the Guaraní, and the mission was closed.

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59. A grande estrela da viagem: ruínas de São Miguel Arcanjo.
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64. Durante o show de luz e som.
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Katasraj Temples

Katasraj Mandir (Punjabi, Urdu: کٹاس راج مندر‎) is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site and later Krishna himself laid the foundation of this temple and established his hand made Shiv ling in it. The Pakistan Government is considering nominating the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. In 2007, it also proposed to restore the temple complex.[1] In 2012, the temple pond is drying up due to heavy use of ground water for industrial purposes.[2]


Location

The Katasraj mandirs are located 40 kilometres from Chakwal District. It takes a little effort to reach Katasraj by road - one has to go off the M2 motorway - (Islamabad- Lahore) at the Kallar Kahar interchange, Then follow the road to Choa Saidan Shah for 24 km and after passing the cement factory the road passes through the temple complex, with the major temple complex and the pond on the right.A very Historic Village is also located near by known a Dulmial.



Architecture

The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus.[5] The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome.

The Ramachandra Mandir is situated to the east of the Hari Singh Haveli and is closed from all sides except for an entrance on the east. The double-storied structure has eight rooms of various dimensions on the ground floor and a staircase at the south leading to the first floor. The mandir has two jharokas (balconies) that have been severely damaged.

The Hanuman Mandir is on the western extreme of a high rectangular enclosure with entrances on the south and the north. The temple's ceiling is undecorated, and lime-plastered.

The Shiva temple is also built on a square platform. Its entrance is a recessed round arch with faint cusps and a rectangular opening to the north.

View from balcony of.main temple







Tourists frequent the site to witness its beauty firsthand.



The main temple looms over the green pool.



People often only visit the main temple and the pond and not what is behind it.



A panoramic view from the roof of one of the temples.



Hindu pilgrims bathe in the pool in an attempt to seek forgiveness.




The pond is bright green, something that can leave anyone in awe. PHOTOS : MOEBIN KHURRAM HAFEEZ

Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/897003/t...s-raj-temples/
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Erbil Citadel, Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The Erbil Citadel is believed to be oldest continuously inhabited site in the world, with the earliest signs of human settlement dating back to at least 7,000 years BC. The Citadel was added to UNESCO in 2014 and is undergoing extensive renovation for the next 10 years.

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One of my favourites.

And of course, the most sacred rock of them all - The Acropolis of Athens:

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The Acropolis at Sunset by Meleah Reardon, on Flickr

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Karyatiden by Renate Dodell, on Flickr

Night panoramic view of Acropolis by Larry, on Flickr

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Greek architecture influenced Roman architecture. People, generally, think all of those type of buildings are Roman in nature, but they are actually Greek when you look at their core. Roman buildings are far more numerous though.

Amazing how architecture 2500+ years ago is still relevant and acceptable (and IMHO much nicer than modern) today.
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Not as grand as the ones on this page, but a pretty nice one not far from Toronto
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Agrigento, Sicily - Italy

"Valle dei Templi" - Temple of "Concordia" seeing from above









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stunning! well worth a walk through Athens to see these up close.
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