Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa’s theme for this week is  Architecture and I very nearly missed it. For this theme I’ve chosen to showcase the architecture of the old city of Ahmedabad, or the ‘walled city’ as it is called because it lies within the walls of the old fort . The walls now hardly exist but efforts are being made to preserve the city within, as Heritage.  The unique thing about this part of the city is the ‘Pol’ system of housing.  People of a community or religion lived within a cluster of homes with a common central area and a gate or ‘pol’ that enclosed that particular colony. Of particular interest are the different types of architecture visible here, and the carved wooden brackets. The pols were self sufficient, as they had their own wells and rain water harvesting systems, a proper sewage system and their places of worship.

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DSCN0567The old ( and the first) Swaminarayan temple

DSCN0568The temple gate





march 120cdold buildings with carved wooden balconies and brackets

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march 225The old stock exchange building

Some wooden brackets













march 105A ‘chabutara’ or a bird feeder

Some doors

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14 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Architecture

    • The civic authorities are trying and the people have also realized the value of their heritage. Sadly a lot is lost but even if what is left is preserved it will be wonderful!! Thank you! 🙂

    • Thank you so much!! I stay in the same city ( the newer part) and it took me so many years to go see these. Even I was amazed that these pols were so ahead of the time, specially where sustainability was concerned. It was a great experience. 🙂

  1. Wonderful collection of images for this theme. That temple gate reminded me of a gate of a palace in India. Thanks for dropping by my blog and the follow. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

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