The Grand Persian Court Dome at the Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai

The inside of the overwhelmingly grand dome at the “Persian  Court” section of the Ibn Battuta Mall of Dubai, UAE. The design is created to reflect the complex intricacies of Persian architecture of the 14th century when Ibn Battuta traveled the east. The Ibn Battuta mall is divided into sections of “courts”, each real-world replicas of how different parts of the world looked in the 14th century, as and when visited by Ibn Battuta. The entire place presents a breath-taking experience to visit, like a historical theme park in the form of a shopping mall. The “Persian Court” is occupied by a Starbucks.
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Patterns on the Ceiling and Inside a Dome at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The view from the ground at the level of the ceiling and of the insides of a dome of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi. Everything inside the brown circle is the dome. The intricate and minute designs and patterning of the dome and the ceiling stands out flattened down, in this technique I call “crane your neck and shoot ceilings” of “bottoms up” photography. Basically, you stand under the scene you want to photograph, tilt your camera and neck by 90 degrees and shoot “bottoms up”. Many times, the results can be quite spectacular 🙂

The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Metro Station, Vidhana Soudha

Bangalore’s “Namma” Metro’s Purple Line station entrance/exit for the Vidhana Soudha metro station, named after Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, after whom the road is also named. Unlike other stations, the entrances and exits of the Vidhana Soudha station feature lovely detailing on them, reminiscent of the architecture of the Vidhana Soudha itself. There are four entrances to the underground stations, and this is the one near the Vidhana Soudha, the dome of which you can see in the background. All entrances feature the same detailing on them. This metro station just like its namesake is sure to become a landmark of the city.

A Quaint Kerala Temple atop a Hill

A quaint little Sastha temple sits upon a hill amidst a beautiful setting in an obscure village on the edges of Kottayam district, at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Many temples such as these ones have the “prathishta” of the family deity and are owned and run by families themselves. The temple displays classical and traditional Kerala architecture, legacy and heritage.