Historical Architectures By: Ivan wang

Notre Dame in Paris, France
Taj Mahal in India
The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel

The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem, is an ancient limestone wall. It is a just small part of a far longer ancient retaining wall, as known as the entire "Western Wall". The wall was initially built as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple by Herod the Great. It resulted in the surroundings of the natural, steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount. Creating more space for the Temple itself and its luxurious buildings, the temple is in a large rectangular structure topped by a huge flat platform. The wall also the holiest place for the Jewish population to pray.

Temple Complex in Tamil Nadu, India

The temple complex is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, a city located in Tamil Nadu, India. It serves as a Hindu temple in the Hinduism architectural style. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple was built from 685-705AD by a Rajasimha (State of India) ruler. The sandstone masterpiece contains a great number of carvings, including a lot of half-animal deities which were popular during the early Dravidian (South India) architectural period. The structure contains more than 50 small shrines which are dedicated to Lord Shiva in its distinguished forms. The temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Tami Nadu.

Potala Palace in Lhasa, China

Standing tall on Moburi, also known as the red hill in central Lhasa, are the world famous Potala Palace, built by the fifth Dalai Lama as the center of government in Lhasa, Tibet. Potala has been honored as the world's tallest palace - the apex stands 3,750 meters tall. The Potala Palace has stood for centuries as a challenge to the Tibetan people's beliefs. Thousands of pilgrims around the world come annually to show respect to the palace and the symbol it stands for. In addition, the general structure of the Potala is in two parts - the White Palace and the Red Palace. Inside the palace are the beautiful murals. These murals not only beautiful, but also they tell the story of Tibet. The golden roof group on the highest location of the Red Palace is also worth visiting.

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