Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its ’double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder, along “with Tasenetnofret (the Good Sister, a special form of Hathor) and Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Lands).” The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis. (text-source: Wikipedia)

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Tomb of Akbar the Great, Agra, India, 17th c.

The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605-1613.

The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one’s tomb during one’s lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. After his death, Akbar’s son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613. [1]



Ashdown House, Oxfordshire, England. 17th c. [+]

Ashdown House is associated with the “Winter Queen” Elizabeth of Bohemia, the sister of Charles I. Along with his house at Hamstead Marshall, it is said that the William, the first Earl of Craven built Ashdown for her, but she died in 1662 before construction began.

Although the architect is uncertain, it is thought that Craven commissioned Captain William Winde to build the Dutch-style mansion as a hunting lodge and refuge from the plague.

The National Trust has owned Ashdown House since 1956 when it was donated to the trust by Cornelia, Countess of Craven. The house is tenanted, and has been renovated by recent lease holders. In 2010 Pete Townshend bought a 41-year lease on the property and in 2011 a structural renovation was begun. [1]

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Qtub Minar, Delhi, India [+]

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Photographer’s Comment: Qtub Minar 72.5 mt ,is the tallest minaret built in bricks in the world, its construction was commisioned by the afghan emperor Qutb-u-din Aibak in the XII century and finished in 1230 A.D.

To build the mosque 27 hinduist temples were demolished and their parts were used as you can see here on the left side, three columns clearly of hindiust origin support the rest of the mosque’s roof.