Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

As the title indicates this week’s photo challenge asks us to find inspiration from curved structures- either natural or man-made. My mind immediately went back to my visit to Ajanta and Ellora Caves (in Maharashtra, India) earlier this year. The photographs below are from Cave 10 at Ellora. What is really special about these caves…

J for Jerash, Jordan

Jerash is an ancient town located in Jordan. Its ancient name was Gerasa. It was the site of ancient human settlement as early as the 2nd millenium BCE. Jerash, however, reached the height of its prosperity under Roman rule in the first and second century CE. The city suffered a massive earthquake in 749 CE…

The Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus was a major Roman port town in Asia Minor (what is now Turkey). Ephesus, today, is a major tourist attraction for its vast Roman ruins. But the centerpiece of the ruins is a building that is called the Library of Celsus. Built in the early 2nd Century AD, the library is remarkable for the…

A Small Detail: Vaulting under Stairs

Jerash in Jordan is the site of one of the most spectacular collection of Ancient Roman ruins. You literally have to see it to believe it. Whether it is the Arch of Hadrian, the grand Oval Plaza, the richly colonnaded street or the temple of Artemis. The Hippodrome  that survives in Jordan is one of…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful(ly) Crafted

This week’s photo challenge theme is careful.  I decided to post a picture of an intricate carving I found at the Hoysala temple at Halebid, Karnataka. This sculpture is of a battle formation called ‘Chakravyuh’ which is described in the Mahabaratha. It’s a circular/ spiral formation that is  nearly impossible to attack and win. I…

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary

This week’s challenge (yes we’re there again) asks us to post something (Extra)Ordinary- something mundane but something that stands out. On first looks the house above looks mundane and ordinary. However when you learn that this is a house that was buried during the volcanic explosion of Vesuvius in 79AD and is now nearly two…

Turkey- Cat Country: The Felines of Ephesus

There are all kinds of things that pop up when you start researching a country online/ offline before you travel there. Some things you don’t find out until you actually get to your destination. The fact that we saw cats almost everywhere in Turkey was one such discovery. It didn’t take long for us to…

More UNESCO World Heritage Sites

If you’ve been following the news you will have heard that UNESCO has listed more sites to it’s World Heritage List. The sites are located in countries including Norway, Turkey, Iran, China, France, Mongolia and others. Readers may remember that earlier in February this year I had written a post about the UNESCO heritage sites I…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Doors of Cambodia

This week’s photo challenge asks us to make a post about doors I had recently written a post about the colourful doors and gates of the colonial part of Pondichery. However that was a combination of doors and gates. So for this challenge I decided to post doors from ancient Cambodian temples. Click here if…