The Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, has a long and eventful past. Several Indian freedom fighters were imprisoned here by the British, and the harsh conditions faced by inmates here earned the prison notoriety and the name Kala Pani (literally ‘Death Water’). Inmates here were housed in small individual cells (hence the name Cellular Jail), that were lined along corridors such as the one pictured. In the photograph, the cells are to the left, while the right is open.
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Driving between Vienna and Salzburg, one gets to observe a change in the Austrian landscape from open, relatively flat plains to the rolling hills of the Austrian Alps. One of the most popular stopping-points along this route is the picturesque village of Hallstatt, somewhere around which this photograph was taken. And with landscapes like this one surrounding the village, it’s not difficult to see why it is such a popular tourist destination!
Driving from Vienna to Salzburg (Austria’s two most famous cities), the bright colours and imposing structure of Melk Abbey catches the eye. Located in the small town of Melk about an hour from Vienna, it was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1089. The Baroque abbey seen in the photograph was built in the early 18th century. The abbey houses the remains of several members of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenberg.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, India, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. And that’s not surprising, considering the splendid architecture of this royal Tomb. Some say that the Taj Mahal in Agra was modelled after Humayun’s Tomb, and this is not that difficult to believe. The two share several common design elements, including an elevated base and a large central dome. Whether or not that is true, though, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning monument and deserves its place on the World Heritage List.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, is, like most Mughal-era buildings, a remarkable example of symmetrical architecture. This symmetry is most evident when looking at the monument from certain angles, such as the one this photograph was taken from.
Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich, Germany, is said to be the inspiration behind the Disney castle. The resemblance, however, only exists when viewing the castle from afar, as is done here. Once inside, the castle looks and feels different, but no less grand and beautiful.
Prague, like many European cities, has a wonderful blend of two opposite kinds of architecture: historical and modern. In this photograph, both of these types of architecture can be seen.
In the center of this photograph is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful buildings in all of Prague: the Church of Saint Nicholas. If one looks closely, the two black spires of another church can also be seen to the right of the massive green dome. On the other side of the dome, however, there is evidence of Prague’s modern side. Three skyscrapers dominate the skyline, and looking closely, one can see cranes in operation, perhaps constructing more, even taller buildings.
While development and infrastructural expansion is inevitable in cities all around the world, it should not come at the cost of the loss of historical heritage. It is the duty of city councils, builders and citizens to ensure that development is carried out responsibly and in a manner that is not threatening to historically or culturally valuable buildings. Prague is a fine example of a city where the historical heritage has been well preserved.
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The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum are two of the most impressive museums in Europe. They are museums of art and natural history respectively, and with their enormous collections, they attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. The two museums are housed in identical buildings (more like palaces) facing each other in the heart of Vienna. The surrounding areas are home to other Viennese treasures such as Hofburg Palace, Albertina Museum, and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (the National Library of Austria).
The space between the two enormous museums is adorned with fountains, statues and topiary. Due to their age and material of build (copper), most of the statues have started turning green.
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