Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Palace of Winds

Built in 1799 to enable the women of the court to watch street processions while remaining in a strict state of purdah(*)
Jaipur (Rajasthan), India
(*) Seclusion of Muslim women inside the home, and the general term for wearing a veil.

14 comments:

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Its name in Hindi language is हवामहल. I love this palace :)

Bhavesh

 

Jacob said...

What an incredible building; I've never seen anything like this! And to build such a structure for the purpose stated seems a bit incredible. Some people seem to never get past the 16th century!

JM said...
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JM said...

So, Bhavesh, हवामहल means Hawa Mahal! :-)

James said...

What an amazing place. I've never seen a building like that before. Your first photo really shows the uniqueness.

Regina said...

Wow! Fantastic!

Tinsie said...

So... poor women never got to see street processions?

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Jaipur is a dazzling place. We loved our brief visit there. I assume you also went to the Amber Fort outside of town.

Rob and Mandy said...

Nice! We used to live in India, and Jaipur always had something...more, hard to describe it.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Hi JM !! This place is in my home City "Jaipur"..I always appreciate the architecture of this building !! Amazing shot !!Unseen Rajasthan

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi JM
i really like the name of this place. what is the building used for now?

~laura

Cobalt Violet said...

Fantastic building and I am in love with the color against the blue sky.
I would love to go to India! I got so close and can't believe I didn't go. (Pakistan) Oh well, someday!

Carletta said...

That first shot is a wonderful composition.
Awesome architecture that you've captured beautifully!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What splendid architecture Jose. I want to see any of these new modern building lasting over 200 years, they are not built like that anymore.