Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ambling And ‘Architecture’ Stalking

Spotting random architectural attractions is one of my favourite things to do while I am travelling. And the best part is that I don’t have to do anything. I just have to wander and look around. One of my earlier posts South Mumbai Wanderings showcases South Mumbai’s architecture. Architecture is one of the things that I really admire about a city. Thus, whenever I spot a beautiful or interesting building other than the usual monuments, I stop and take a note. I particularly get enamoured by the churches and clock towers in a city. I think they add a certain charisma to the whole atmosphere.

"Architecture in general is frozen music" [Friedrich von Schelling Philosophie der Kunst]

Below are a few snapshots of my favourite architectural sightings so far -   

Mumbai CST
  
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus, headquarters of the Central Railways, is a legendary railway station in Mumbai. It was designed by Frederick William Stevens in the eighteenth century. I got a chance to photograph this classic UNESCO World Heritage Site while I was leaving Mumbai in September last year. I had reached the station a couple of hours early so that I could wander around and take some photographs. I must admit, I was impressed when I took a closer look at the building’s external structure and design. It has influences of both Victorian-Gothic and traditional Mughal architecture. 

Manchester Unity Building
  
Manchester Unity Building is located where Collins Street and Swanston Street connect in Melbourne. It’s a skyscraper designed by Marcus Barlow in the neo gothic style. I didn’t find out what’s inside the building, but I liked its exterior a lot. Melbourne is a city with an interesting blend of both the vintage and the modern era buildings.

Jodhpur Clock Tower

Jodhpur Clock Tower is probably the only clock tower in Rajasthan. I loved catching its distant view from the Mehrangarh Fort along with its surroundings. The clock tower is designed in a traditional way, which signifies Jodhpur’s regal legacy. The tower is also adjoined to Jodhpur’s most famous markets Mochi Bazaar and Sadar Market. Thus, there is a good excuse to loiter around.

Sydney Clock Tower

Sydney GPO Clock Tower was demolished in 1942 and was rebuilt in 1964. The building was designed by James Barnet. Since Sydney exudes all things modern and urbane, spotting such a neo-classical building was a rare sight.

St James Church

St James Church in Sydney is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was designed by Francis Greenway in the ‘Georgian town church’ style. I found this church unique because of its colour – it’s dark from the outside. I have usually seen very daintily pretty churches, but this one looked a little sombre.  

Do you enjoy spotting random architectural attractions? 

Facts Source: Wikipedia

19 comments:

  1. Woaaah Awesome... With white background... By the way which camera Do you use ?

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    1. Thanks! I use Nikon L1 and SLR D51.

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  2. My mom would certainly love this place! She loves to explore local churches so St James Church would be on her must see places!

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    1. Glad to know that, Agness :) I simply love photographing such beautiful architectural sites.

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  3. Gorgeous architectures. You have captured them beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) Architecture is one of the things I notice about a city.

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  4. Wonderful :) I was never very interested to see the architects of any place but the beauty with which you have captured the pics and expressed it, is appreciable :)

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    1. Thanks Anjum :) I love architectural aspect of a city, and thus, I like to capture it through my lens.

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  5. Nice tilt shift on the clock tower picture!

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    1. Thanks Claire :) I was lucky to get a great angle!

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  6. Great Pics Renuka !! you have captured it beautifully !

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) Glad you liked them.

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  7. Very Cool, I've seen a few of these too :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel :) Nice to know that!

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  8. Great tour!!
    thanks for sharing.......

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  9. Architectural gems. My favorite is Jodhpur clock tower.

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