Standing guard

“They conjure images of hideous, brooding creatures perched high above the cities and villages of the world. The most terrifying ones look as though they might break from their stone moorings and take flight. But gargoyles, it turns out, are full of surprises. Read on to learn the origin of their name, their very functional purpose, and what makes a gargoyle different from a grotesque.

THEY SERVE A PRACTICAL PURPOSE.
When gargoyles began appearing on churches throughout Europe in the 13th century, they served as decorative water spouts, engineered to preserve stone walls by diverting the flow of rainwater outward from rooftops. This function, technically speaking, distinguishes gargoyles from other stone beasts like grotesques and bosses, although these days the term encompasses all sorts of decorative creature carvings.

THEY WERE MEANT TO INSPIRE FEAR IN PARISHIONERS
Because most Medieval Europeans were illiterate, the clergy needed visual representations of the horrors of hell to drive people to the sanctuary of the church. Placing gargoyles on the building’s exterior reinforced the idea that evil dwelt outside the church, while salvation dwelt within. "How better to enforce church attendance and docility than by providing a daily reminder of the horrors to come," wrote Gary Varner in his book, Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture.

THEY ALSO BROUGHT PAGANS TO CHURCH.
Churches would also model gargoyles after the creatures worshipped by pagan tribes, thinking this would make their houses of worship appear more welcoming to them. It was a bit of clever marketing that worked, according to scholar Darlene Trew Crist. "Churches grew in number and influence as the pagan belief system and many of its images were absorbed into Christianity," she wrote in American Gargoyles: Spirits in Stone.

NOTRE DAME’S GARGOYLES ARE FAIRLY RECENT CREATIONS.
The world’s most famous gargoyles, and the ones that most influenced the popular wings-and-horns image of the creatures, are found on Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Although the cathedral was constructed in the 13th century, the gargoyles were part of an extensive restoration project in the mid 1800s. Conceived by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and sculptor Victor Pyanet, the gargoyles have little in common with Medieval gargoyles, scholars contend, and were intended to represent the time period rather than recreate it.”

Source: mentalfloss.com/article/88019/10-fearsome-facts-about-gar…

This crazy evil building was discovered at Flickr by user peterclifford1 . Original date: 2018-10-13 14:06:18

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My Evil Dead house.

This mind blowing evil building was seen on Flickr by user fat calbert . Original date: 2011-02-17 14:33:46

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Of all the ones, I like this one best as I am finally able to create one that resembles the foul, evil, gloomy Saruman’s tower in Lord Of The Rings 🙂

This monstrous evil building was discovered at Flickr by user ykalee . Original date: 2009-12-01 15:44:22

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Giralda ( Bell Tower) – Seville Cathedral ( Cathedral of St Mary of the See) (BW) (Olympus OM-D EM1-II & M.Zuiko 12-40mm Zoom) (1 of 1)

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This cool evil building was found from Flickr by user markdbaynham . Original date: 2018-02-23 19:06:53

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Adams Building DC

This crazy evil building was seen on Flickr by user Tony Webster . Original date: 2014-06-02 07:04:25

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Minneapolis [3]

02 September 2017
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Minneapolis, MN

Modern things have made it so easy to hear the stories of other people and to share our own, but I can’t say it’s made us the best of listeners. We lean towards voices that agree with our assumptions and find insane ways to dismiss the ones that don’t.

Everyone’s got a story that deserves to be heard, but the times I find it especially crucial to listen are when somebody shares a story that takes a TON of real vulnerability.

I had the opportunity to meet someone from @reportitgirl (love that team!) a couple months ago. Being somebody who listens, affirms, trusts, and believes is a HUGE way to help somebody who has gone through abuse or some kind of trauma.

Kudos to every brave storyteller who tells the stories that aren’t comfortable, and to every good listener. Love doesn’t delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always keeps going.

This monstrous evil building was seen on Flickr by user philippelazaro . Original date: 2017-12-11 19:22:01

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THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL. THE LANSDOWNE. CORNER OF OLD CHRISTCHURCH RD AND LANSDOWNE CRESCENT. BOURNEMOUTH. DORSET. MAY 1989

The two terraces on Lansdowne Crescent at The Lansdowne were built in the mid to late 1860s.
The Lansdowne Hotel stood on the corner of Old Christchurch Rd and Lansdowne Crescent for many years until it was converted into an O’Neills Irish pub in the 1990s.

A [ VERY ] POTTED HISTORY OF BOURNEMOUTH……………

1810 – 1835
The founding of the town of Bournemouth is officially commemorated as the being 1810 the year that Captain Lewis Tregonwell and his wife Henrietta purchased a plot of land on the west bank of the Bourne stream upon which to build a large detached house that would serve as their new holiday home. The land was purchased from Sir George Tapps, Lord of the Manor of Christchurch, who became the largest landowner after what had been common land was effectively privatised in the Christchurch Inclosure Act 1802 and the subsequent Awards of 1805.

At that time the area was a remote one that lay mid way between Christchurch and Poole, themselves not the large towns they are today, on what was virtually uninhabited heathland. The house, known as the ”Mansion’, was completed in 1812 with the Tregonwells purchasing further land to increase the size of their estate upon which they built a few cottages for staff members and several more to let, mainly to family, friends and associates.
Although the Tregonwells eventually rented out their Mansion, their estate, referred to as ‘Bourne Tregonwell’ remained all but unknown to the outside world and was somewhere they spent much of their time.
Their original holiday home still exists as part of the Royal Exeter Hotel that stands opposite the Bournemouth International Centre [ B.I.C ] on Exeter Rd.
Lewis Tregonwell died in 1832 a few short years before the next important stage in the development of Bournemouth.

1835 – 1870
In 1835 Sir George Tapps died and his son Sir George Gervis inherited his father’s land, much of which lay to the east of the Bourne stream and set about creating a new development that he called his ‘Marine Village’, a seaside resort aimed at attracting paying guests. Early buildings included the Bath Hotel, later enlarged as the Royal Bath Hotel, the Westover Villas, a row of large detached houses or villas on generous plots that lined what is now Westover Rd, the Belle Vue Boarding House that fronted todays Pier Approach and some public baths that stood where, what was popularly known as the Imax building, was later built..
The new development wasn’t a resort as we would understand it now, offering beach holidays, but more of a health resort with much being made of the area’s mild micro climate and the health giving properties of the masses of pine trees that would also offer protection from the more extreme vagaries of the British weather.
Over the coming years more and more villas were built, spreading out from the banks of the Bourne stream which in turn attracted those that were needed to build the new properties and those that provided services to the well heeled residents of the fledgling town such as domestic staff, gardeners and food, grocery and household goods suppliers.
By 1856 there was a need to amalgamate the growing development and so Parliament passed the Bournemouth Improvement Act that set the town’s first boundary as being within a 1 mile radius of what is today Pier Approach. it also provided for a team of Commissioners, essentially the town’s first Council, charged with the power to raise funds via property rates to pay for things like highway improvements, drainage, sewers and street cleaning.
The town continued to grow within the 1 mile boundary and also led to development outside it including artisan / working class areas at Springbourne and Winton.
In 1870 the railway came to town but it was seen by many as a necessary evil and something to be kept as far away from the town centre as possible and so the station was located at the very edge of the 1 mile boundary on the opposite side of Holdenhurst Rd to the present Central Station. This arrival of the railway combined with cheaper rail fares and the creation by Parliament of the first Bank Holidays would lead to the next phase in the development of Bournemouth turning it from a sleepy seaside resort favoured by the wealthy upper classes many of whom were suffering poor health, into the large, bustling holiday destination that we know and love today. Bring it on!

1870 – PRESENT DAY
In 1871 the town’s population was just under six thousand but by 1891 it had increased almost ten fold to just under sixty thousand. Most of the new citizens were new comers to the area drawn by the opportunities the fast expanding new town could offer.
In 1876 Springbourne and Boscombe became part of Bournemouth when the town boundaries were extended for the first time with a further six following including Westbourne in 1884, Pokesdown, Southbourne, Winton and Moordown in 1901, Malmesbury Park, Charminster and Strouden Park in 1914, Kinson and Holdenhurst in 1931.
The final area incorporated into the town was Hengistbury Head in 1932 which was purchased from H. Gordon Selfridge founder of the Selfridges department store chain and took the town to it’s present size.
Today Bournemouth is home to more than 160,000 people and has grown at a phenomenal rate in the past two hundred years since the Tregonwells purchased that first eight and a half acres of land back in 1810.
The town is still a popular holiday destination and has had to work hard to compete against the rise of the foreign holiday and the unpredictability of the British weather by trying to attract visitors year round. Short weekend breaks, the conference trade, the annual airshow and a thriving night time economy all play their part in attracting day trippers and holiday makers, the life blood of the town’s tourism industry.
Sadly Bournemouth is also a victim of it’s own success and has almost reached bursting point with space for new homes very much at a premium. Many older, larger properties are being demolished to make way for more, smaller properties, many of them blocks of flats which are squeezed into every available space.
The last of the green belt clings desperately by it’s finger tips to the north, rightly or wrongly the town planners and Councillors come under attack for their stewardship of the town and any resemblance to a slow paced seaside resort of old has long gone.
The pressures of modern life, traffic levels, the drinking culture and even the current economic climate all take their toll on the quality of life in the town but it’s not all doom and gloom.
Bournemouth is still a great place with much to be proud of such as it’s wonderful sandy beaches, cliffs, pleasure gardens, parks, some of it’s buildings both old and new, oh, and it’s history of course.

RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING.

‘Bournemouth 1810 – 1910’ by Mate and Riddle [ the full text is available as a pdf file on the internet if you have a hunt around for it.]

‘The Story of Bournemouth’ by David S Young. Published in 1957 it occasionally turns up on E Bay and Amazon around the £10 mark.

‘A History of Bournemouth’ by Elizabeth Edwards. ISBN 0 85033 412 8. Turns up on E Bay and Amazon fairly regularly for under a tenner.

‘The Book of Bournemouth’ by David and Rita Popham ISBN 0 86023 219 0

All titles also available at local libraries.

Found on Flickr (BOURNEMOUTH GRANT ) for this mind blowing evil building. Original date: 2012-02-21 20:01:49

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Pulling the Curtain Back on Time

Like most Episcopal churches, St. Paul’s probably started as a small, one room building. There were probably modifications through the years, and like many of the small churches that have had to expand, this one seems to have kept its architectural style intact.

Most of the episcopal churches I’ve seen have been done in either Tudor or classic styles as this one shows. In Ormond Beach, Florida, quite a ways north of St. Paul’s, St. James Episcopal, a large, much more modern building, presents a less common architectural style for its congregation. In keeping with that bent towards our current cultural styles, St. James is also a bit more updated in its worship style, offering a very relaxed mass on Sunday evenings, which is informal, and draws those who still like the structure of a liturgical mass, but don’t want the rigidity of a service that could’ve taken place in the 1800’s.

Going back to St James to worship after not having been there for decades, I was pleasantly surprised at Father Harris’ approach and teaching style, while still being able to recognize elements of the mass that I grew up with. It has made me curious as to just how much some of these churches HAVE changed, and if the Episcopal church has become more evangelistic and aware in nature since I was confirmed some 42 years ago. I would like to visit St. Paul’s one day to see how it compares.

If you grew up in a more formal church, it can be comforting to return and find the structure still in place. However, there are things about liturgical churches that I have a beef with. Though I grew up going to the Episcopal church, and studied its catechism before confirmation, there was never an emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was always an "I’m here and He’s waaaay out there" kind of feeling worshiping there. We weren’t taught that there was a conscious decision to be made; it was implied. While the structure was designed to bring someone up from infancy through being confirmed as a believer, it was too nebulous. Many of the people I knew who went to the churches I did were not what I would consider "born again", a term in scripture denoting the transformation that takes place when someone repents and turns their lives over to Jesus. There was still the more worldly mindset that weighed good against bad, and assumed if you had more good going for your character than evil, you would go to heaven, and if you really messed up, like committing murder, you would go to hell. This is not even remotely biblical, as the Apostle Paul, for whom this church was named, would define in his many epistles.

Paul was a Pharisee. A Pharisee was a Jewish leader, who knew the law backwards and forewards, and basically determined if the people were guilty of breaking it, and what should be done about it if they did! These were the guys who met in the middle of the night to unjustly try Jesus without a fair trial, and who pushed Pontius Pilate into having Him crucified.

Paul was a young man when Jesus walked the earth. After the crucifixion and resurrection, as he gained more prominence and became thoroughly educated in the law, he was so opposed to what the early Christians were preaching, thinking it was heresy, he took on the task of persecuting them, and having them tried and killed for their beliefs. Paul called himself the chief sinner, and a murderer. He spoke of how, after the Lord blinded him on the road to Damascus, and spoke to him, he surrendered his life to Christ and began to preach the gospel himself! Of all of the people in the New Testament, Paul was probably the most influencial, and despite his knowledge of Jewish law, was chosen by God to go out and preach to the gentiles, not the Jews. For 2000 years his words have been reaching across time and space, telling people that no matter WHAT they had done, they could still have a fresh start and be righteous before the Lord by faith in what Jesus did for them on the cross. Nothing they could do would ever earn it, and only the sacrifice of Christ could have saved them.

St. Paul was a zealous man, first for the law, which condemned man’s sin, and then for the cause of Christ, who provided the answer for it. He suffered greatly, being beaten, stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked, snake-bit, and mocked. In the end, being a Roman citizen, he appealed to Caesar to be tried in Rome, where he was sentenced to death, and beheaded. He believed that for him to live was Christ, and to die would be gain. On that sliding scale we set up in our minds, I don’t think he would ever have been able to convince himself that his good outweighed the evil he had done persecuting the church he ended up nurturing, because he knew he wasn’t good…no one was. He knew it was all about what Jesus had done on that cross, and that accepting that and believing in it was all that could ever remove the weight of sin from the balance of his life. It wasn’t about him; it was about Jesus, and he knew it.

As a child, the liturgy of the Episcopal churches I attended spoke of those things, and the gospel was read weekly. The same prayers were prayed over and over, (something Jesus warned against as being the wrong way to talk to God,) but despite the fact that I had a relatively high I.Q., and understood King James English, the words reached my mind, but not my understanding. Understanding has to do with the heart, not just intellect. It wasn’t until two years after I was confirmed that someone sat down with me and explained how simple it was to come to Christ, and that it was individual and personal. Looking back, I feel pretty dumb not having grasped it by what I HAD been taught in church, but when I realize that most of the people I knew hadn’t really grasped it, either, I knew that it wan’t because of my ability to think. It was because of my inability to take what I’d learned and apply it. That came with personally asking Jesus to come into my heart and change me.

When I see churches like St. Paul’s, I remember that though I didn’t come to Christ there, the seeds which drew me to the Lord were planted there. The word of God was preached, and that word has the power of God to transform lives. When I look at a little steeple like this one, or see those pretty, stained glass windows, I thank God for setting me on the path to Him, and for all the things He did to redeem me and get me to want Him. it boggles my mind sometimes. God is so good….

Those of you who follow my stream know that things have been difficult for me for some time. I’ve been working as a floater with Mattress1One, and they finally gave me a store to manage. After working there for a few days, I realized that it would be hard to make the money I needed to be able to pay my back property tax by the December deadline I’d be given, since I’d be driving about 100 miles a day, and the store was in a slow location. Mattress sales have been good lately, though, and as a floater, working between several stores, I’ve been able to hit commission often, and finally started getting a little money together.

Presidents Day, I received a call from my boss saying he needed me in Port Orange because the manager had gone home very sick, and her sister was handling the store alone and was getting slammed. As soon as a floater arrived, I left to rescue the other lady, and when I got there, found out that it was really slow! Her sister went in the hospital the next day, so I was scheduled to work in Port Orange after that, because they don’t have many people who can cover this area, or cover a very busy store. At first I was upset, since it looks like they’ve taken yet another store from me, but the sales have been really good, and I realized hitting commission a few times in a row could raise that tax money for me! The store I’d been given was not only very far from home, but very slow, to boot.

Last night when I got home, I checked my mail. There was a letter from the county saying my home could be auctioned as early as APRIL 1! (I was told DECEMBER!) Initially, I freaked out, but I sat down on my computer and looked at my finances and realized that I should have all the money needed for the 2009 tax next week….as long as nothing else creates financial issues, and I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars in gas! So, pray that for the rest of the day and on Saturday and Sunday, when I’m back in the store that would have been mine, I get some big sales to ensure I can make it. God has been blessing me, and I need those blessings to continue so I can save my home! I see His hand in this, and know that He’s made things come together just as they have done. God is good, start to finish….

Discovered on Flickr (Chris C. Crowley ) for this monstrous evil building. Original date: 2012-02-29 18:15:07

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India – Karnataka – Mysore – Palace – 14

The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the former royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1350 to 1950. The palace houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates a mesmerizing and gigantic array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. The palace is in the central region of inner Mysore, facing the Chamundi Hills eastward.

Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces. There are about seven palaces inclusive of this; however, Mysore Palace refers specifically to the one within the Old Fort. Built by the Maharaja Rajarshi His highness Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, and has more than 6 million visitors annually.

THE ROYAL LINEAGE
Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar was Maharaja from 1799 to 1868. After the fall of Tipu Sultan he made Mysore his capital in May 1799 and focused on education, religious sites and donating jewels to temples including Melkote. Chamaraja Wadiyar was coronated on September 23, 1868, at the age of five. He was anointed king on the date fixed by the Governor General. He is credited with founding India’s first democratic institutions with the Mysore representative assembly in 1881. Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar was Maharaja from 1895 to 1940 He was also called the Saint King by Mahatma Gandhi. Assisted by dewans Sir M Visvesvaraya and Sir Mirza Ismail, he changed Mysore by adding Asia’s first hydro electric project at Shivanasamudra, the KRS dam and the University of Mysore in 1916. Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was the twenty fifth and the last king, reining from 1940 to 1950, when he agreed to merge the state with the union of India. A musicologist and a philanthropist, he was named Raj Parmukh of Mysore from Jan 26, 1950, a post he held for six years. The present Maharaja is Yaduveera, who was adopted by his aunt.

MYSORE
King Yaduraya first built a palace inside the Old Fort in Mysore in the 14th century, which was demolished and constructed multiple times. The regent of Mysore, Her Majesty Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhna, and her son, the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Rajarshi Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, commissioned the British architect Lord Henry Irwin to build a new palace to replace the old one which had been turned into ashes by fire. Meanwhile, the royal family stayed in the nearby Jaganmohan Palace.

Construction of the current palace was commissioned in 1897, completed in 1912, and expanded around 1940 (including the addition of the present Public Durbar Hall wing) during the reign of His Highness Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the last Maharaja of Mysore Kingdom. The construction was completed in 1912, but the fort continued to be beautified and its inhabitants were slowly moved to the newer extension built off the palace.
Apart from the leonine Ambavilas Palace and Jaganmohan Palace (which, later, His Highness Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar used as his art gallery and it remains an art gallery), the city has several other grand palaces like Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (now the office of the district commissioner), Rajendra Vilas Mansion (now a private hotel atop Chamundi Hills), Lalitha Mahal Palace (now a five-star hotel), Laxmi Vilas Mansion, Cheluvamba Vilas Palace (the palace which His Highness Maharaja Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar donated to the newly born Govt. of India; now the headquarters of Central Food Technological Research Institute, a national research institute), and Krishnarajendra Vilas Palace (now Krishna Rajendra Hospital). Besides there are buildings a century old or more, like Crowfard Hall (now the headquarters of the University of Mysore), Oriental Research Institute building, Corporation Complex of Mysore City Corporation, et cetera. In all the above palaces, the royal family holds blocks held by the kings traditionally. However, the Bangalore Palace and Ambavilas are entirely under the possession of the royal family. Despite this, the state government of Karnataka has its tourism department authorized the supervision Mysore Palace. Bangalore Palace remains entirely a private property of the princess.

ARCHITECTURE
The architectural style domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-stone structure with marble domes and a 145 ft five-story tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The entrance gate and arch hold the emblem and coat of arms of the kingdom of Mysore, around which is written the kingdom’s motto in Sanskrit: "न बिभॆति

The palace has three entrances: the East Gate (the front gate, opened only during the Dasara and for VVIPs), the South Entrance (for public), and the West Entrance (usually opened only during the Dasara). In addition, there are numerous secret tunnels from the palace cellar leading to Srirangapatna, other palaces, and confidential areas.

The three-story stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck and abundance with her elephants. There are three major exclusive temple buildings within the Old Fort, and about 18 inside the palace heart building. The Maharajas of Mysore were devotees of Goddess Chamundi, which is why the place faces Chamundi Hills. Besides, head of the Parakala Mutt stays the spiritual rajguru (royal teacher and guide) as a reason of which the palace is built next to an even older Parakala Mutt headquarters.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Every autumn, the palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.

Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. It is celebrated in September and October of each year. The festival celebrates and commemorates the victory of the great Goddess Durga, also called Chamundeshwari, after she slew the demon Mahishasura, thereby symbolizing the triumph of good over evil according to Hindu mythology.

This festival has been celebrated by the Wodeyars at Srirangapatna since 1610, and in Mysore with great pomp since 1799. The tradition is still carried on, although the scale of the celebrations has diminished. The Dashera festivities have become an integral part of the culture and life in Mysore. To celebrate this festival, the Palace of Mysore is illuminated with more than 96,000 lights during the two-month period.

UNIQUE ROOMS
The palace is an excellent combination of Indo-Saracenic architecture and features a number of unique rooms.

AMBAVILASA
This room was used by the king as a hall for private audiences. Entry to this opulent hall is through an elegantly carved rosewood doorway inlaid with ivory that opens into a shrine dedicated to Ganesha. The central nave of the hall has ornately gilded columns, stained glass ceilings, decorative steel grills, and chandeliers with fine floral motifs, mirrored in the pietra dura mosaic floor embellished with semi-precious stones. This is where the king would confer with his ministers. It was the chamber in which he gave audience to people deserving special attention.

GOMBE THOTTI (Doll’s Pavilion)
Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti, or Doll’s Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The pavilion also houses a fine collection of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects, including a wooden elephant howdah (frame to carry passengers) decorated with 84 kilograms of gold.

Kalyana Mantapa

The Kalyana Mantapa, or marriage hall, is a grand, octagonal-shaped pavilion with a multi-hued stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns. The entire structure was wrought in Glasgow, Scotland.

The floor also displays a peacock mosaic, designed with tiles from England. Oil paintings illustrating the royal procession and Dasara celebrations of bygone years are displayed on the walls.
Other rooms

The palace houses several rooms of importance. These include:

The Diwan-e-aam, a public durbar where the general population could meet the king at scheduled times to submit petitions.
An armory which contains arms used by the members of the royal family. It contains lances, cutlasses, and other 14th century weapons as well as those used in the early twentieth century, such as pistols.

TEMPLES
The palace complex includes twelve Hindu temples. The oldest was built in the 14th century, while the most recent was built in 1953.

Some of the famous temples are:

– Someshvara Temple, dedicated to God Lord Shiva
– Lakshmiramana Temple, dedicated to God Lord Vishnu
– Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple, dedicated to
Lord Varahaswamy, one of the 10 incarnations of lord Vishnu
– Sri Prasanna krishna Swami Temple
– Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple
– Kodi Someshwaraswami Temple
– Sri Gayatri Temple
– Sri Trineshwara temple

VISITORS INFORMATION
The palace is ten minutes from the city central railway station and from the suburb bus-stand; right behind city bus-stand, and twenty minutes (less four miles) from Mysore Airport. The domestic airport is directly connected to the international airports of Bangalore (Kempegowda International Airport), Chennai (Chennai International Airport), Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum International Airport), Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport), and Bombay (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport). The city is connected through the state highway SH-17.

– Palace light illumination on Sundays and all public holidays between 7 and 7:45 in the evening.
– Sound and light programs are arranged on all days between 7 and 7:45, except on Sundays and public holidays.

The scenes of every detail in and around the palace attract one’s attention. However, the authorities have prohibited photography inside the main palace complex.

The Old Fort of the palace stands open from morning 10 to night 8 and is free of cost. Entry to the palace buildings is between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, under tight security. Two squads, one police and one paramilitary, stand guard during the day, and two more during night. Children below seven are free to enter the palace, while those between seven and twelve are charged rupees 25 per head. For adults, tickets are available for Rs. 40. Price of admission for foreign tourists is INR 200. Footwear is removed before entering the palace complexes.

A major issue for visitors is the frequent extortion of bribes from visitors and tourists from corrupt Police and Palace Guards. Several scams have been reported which include guards who "befriend" visitors while offering to take them to a "secret room" where they extort money from tourists. Guards frequently requests bribes for taking photos, or try and intimidate visitors into providing money or foreign currency. Visitors have reported other scams perpetrated by corrupt officials which include demands to produce tickets and further requesting bribes.

ACQUISITION
Currently, a major portion of the palace is under the control of the Government of Karnataka, acquired by passing the Mysore Palace Acquisition Act. Only a small portion of the palace, towards the West Gate, is under the possession of Princess Pramodadevi Wadiyar. In fact, the High Court of Karnataka had passed judgment in favor of the late prince H.H. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar that the palace belongs to the royal family. However, the Government of Karnataka moved Supreme Court after its defeat in the High Court. The case is still pending. Only the prince did not survive to continue fighting against the government, who demised on the 10th of December, 2013.

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This amazing evil building was seen on Flickr by user asienman . Original date: 2013-08-31 23:07:03

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