Sikh Architecture: the Harmandir Sahib by Evan
February 23, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: architecture

As a change of pace, I’ll give a short overview of Sikh architecture and the Harmandir Sahib, perhaps better known as the Golden Temple of Amritsar.  Sikh architecture centers around the gurdwara, where a guru lives, and the Sahib or temple.  Domes are a recurring element, as are pointed arches; unlike De Stijl or many other modernist groups, curves and intricate designs are valued, as is evidenced by the Harmandir Sahib.  This is a trait shared with other styles of Indian architecture.  What we would now call city planning is also a key component of the Sikh style; the Golden Temple compound includes some 28 structures.  On to the pictures (make sure you view the full size version of each picture).


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Please note that the only known tossup on the pool of nectar surrounding the Golden Temple was written by yours truly.

Comment by Andrew Hart

That was in Impossible Speedchecks, right?

Comment by Evan

This was indeed a nice change of pace. Unfortunately, I am condemned to wondering what sort of fish live in the pool.

Comment by dg61

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