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India is still very under-respresented in this forum. India has so many examples of fine, diverse architecture!

Anyway, India Gate, in New Delhi, remains the most recognisable landmark of the city till today.

From Wikipedia:
Situated on the Rajpath in New Delhi, India Gate (originally called All India War Memorial) was built by Edwin Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in the wars are inscribed on the walls. Burning under it since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (eternal soldier's flame) which marks the Unknown Soldier's Tomb.

Inscribed on top of India Gate in capital letters is the line:

To the dead of the Indian armies who fell honoured in France and Flanders Mesopotamia and Persia East Africa Gallipoli and elsewhere in the near and the far-east and in sacred memory also of those whose names are recorded and who fell in India or the north-west frontier and during the Third Afgan War.

India Gate is situated such that many important roads spread out from it. Traffic passing around India Gate used to be continuous till the roads were closed to public due to terrorist threats. The lawns around Rajpath are thronged by people during the night, when the India Gate is lit up.
It's 42 metres tall, and it was completed in 1931.

Lutyens was also responsible for the design of the rest of New Delhi, which contains many more examples of nice architecture, such as the Parliament Building, Central Secretariat etc.

Some of the pics below were originally posted by other Indian forumers elsewhere..

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Nova, bro, the pics you posted don't do it justice!

Here are some more :cheers1::







^ Gardens surrounding the monument



^ Amar Jawan Jyoti (Tomb of Unknown Soldier) located under the India Gate



^ PM Singh saluting Amar Jawan Jyoti



^ Soldiers after taking part in a ceremony at the gate have an impromptu photoshoot for the tourists









^ The Gate looks sublime at night

 

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I like it alot. 9/10

You should post the Viceroy's House too. Great building that.
 

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About the architecture only, I don't like it. 6/10 too.
 

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Actually, the Gate is architectually very different from its Parisian counterpart -- the only similarity is that they both have the general shape of an arch. :|

The India gate is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. This is the style of Colonial architecture that fused the various Hindu and Mughal forms of architecture in India with the neo-Gothic style from which Victorian British architecture stemmed. On the India gate in particular you can see the Rajasthani and Mughal arches, spires and carvings and the domes and the monolitical build reflecting the style of north Indian temples. The Victorian neoclassical throwback can be seen in the staid pillars and form.

The Arch de Triomphe on the other hand is solidly Greek revival.



-Jai
 

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In any cases triumphal arches were are roman invention and not a French one.
 
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