Monday, November 3, 2014

Confluence of Indian and Chinese Architecture

Confluence of Indian and Chinese Architecture
Owing to its landlocked map between India and China, Nepal developed its distinct Nepali architecture that reflects clear influences from both of these neighboring nations who take pride in their unique architectures. In a previous photo post "Glimpses of Patan Durbar Square", my blogger friend Manogna had pointed out the coexistence of North Indian (probably, Sikhara) architecture with that of Chinese. You'll find fusion of two different architectures in many places but existence of two completely different architectural patterns adjacent to one another is not that commonly found, so, this certainly makes Patan Durbar Square more special! As you can see, I'm back with few more glimpses of Patan, particularly to highlight the harmonious coexistence part which I had missed in that post. On a different note, if you visit Odisha you can see some beautiful coexistence of North and South Indian architectural styles.
Confluence of Indian and Chinese Architecture
Predominant Chinese architectural style in a temple at Patan.

Confluence of Indian and Chinese Architecture
Modified North Indian architectural style in a temple at Patan.

Confluence of Indian and Chinese Architecture
Is it a fusion of Indian and Chinese architectures? Elephants are usually seen in South Indian architecture!
So, Patan Durbar Square looks like an ideal confluence of Indian and Chinese architectures! My knowledge in architecture is too limited to continue this talk any farther. I'd highly appreciate any lead from my readers. From point of view of a traveler I'll highly recommend you to visit Kathmandu and explore its scattered jewels.

6 comments:

  1. These are fab! Good to see my name in your post. yey!!
    :P
    The architecture is simply mind blowing.
    I should now search my laptop for similar temple pics we had clicked in a small town in AndhraPradesh.
    They look fabulous. You keep inspiring me with your posts.When I post them in my blog, i will surely let to know...atleast to show off! :P

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    1. Thank you so much Manogna...If possible you can share your temple photos with ClickingPhotos :-))

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    2. ok...i will search for those pics and give them to you by the early december. November is hectic month for me.
      :P

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  2. Beautiful! High time I plan a trip abroad :D

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    1. Yes, you should... ask for help if you need any :-)

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