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Bad art in cathedrals   Leave a comment

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Posted January 11, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Bad art in cathedrals   Leave a comment

Stained Glass Attitudes

Cathedrals used to be depositories of some of the finest works of art in the world. Then the pesky Reformation came round and stripped many of them back to the walls. What has filled the place of the original medieval artworks has, over the years, been subject to changing tastes. While the Victorians despised all classical additions, the twentieth century in turn, had a bit of a clear-out of what they found dowdy and gloomy.

So what tat should be chucked out in a fantasy aesthetic Reformation? Let’s dispense with the polite introduction that pretends this is anything other than just a list of things I don’t like, and find out!

The café paintings in Worcester chapter house

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Worcester chapter house is an immensely important monument. It’s the first in a long line of English centrally-planned chapter houses. The walls retain traces of painting, and the stone vault once contained…

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Posted January 11, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

How to defuse the parish church crisis   Leave a comment

Stained Glass Attitudes

England’s medieval parish churches are a unique asset and a ticking timebomb. However, they are a Doomsday Device with no digital display. People thought it would blow thirty years ago. But here it is, in 2017, still ticking.

Consecration Of Rachel Treweek As The Next Bishop Of Gloucester “So glad you can join us in the Silly Hat Club, Sarah”

The maintenance of many churches spread over our green and often-pleasant land is becoming unsustainable, and the architecture and art inside is at risk. Money needs to spent on them. But where should the money come from? People often labour under the impression that the Church of England is very wealthy, indeed greedy, in that they own billions in land, only the squander it on silly hats. However, despite the size of their assets being indeed large, as much of it is indeed these rural parish churches, they can’t be monetised.

P1400072 Holy Trinity, Blythburgh (Suffolk), tower c.1330, new church…

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Posted December 31, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Gol Gumbaz – The Triumph of Deccani Architecture   Leave a comment

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Posted November 7, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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If Taj Mahal is India’s most admired artistic tomb, then the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur that houses the grave of Muhammad Adil Shah is technologically the most advanced tomb of Medieval India. I have been to Gol Gumbaz twice before and each time there was something to be surprised about.

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The View of Gol Gumbaz in the Early Morning

Gol Gumbaz, often considered as the triumph of Deccani architecture is actually an unfinished monument. Designed by architect Yaqut of Dabul, Gol Gumbaz is a massive cube and its dome (44 m in diameter) is the second largest in the world. However, its plain surface was supposed to have been covered with a range of Persian tiles.

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An Unfinished Graffiti

Muhammad Adil Shah started building his tomb immediately after his ascent to throne in 1626 CE. His intention was to build the grandest tomb in India. The construction of the tomb…

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Posted November 7, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Last of the rayas: An eyewitness account of the defeat and death of Rama Raya of Vijaynagara at Talikota   Leave a comment

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Posted October 21, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Last of the rayas: An eyewitness account of the defeat and death of Rama Raya of Vijaynagara at Talikota   Leave a comment

The Seringapatam Times

On January 26, 1565, South Indian history changed it’s faultlines for ever. The Hindu empire of Vijaynagara confronted the combined armies of the Muslim Deccan at the battlefield of Talikota and was decimated here.

An excellent first hand account of this epic battle is provided by the chronicle Tazkiratul – Muluk written by Rafiuddin Shirazi who wrote a history of his patron kings, the Adil Shahis of Bijapur. Shirazi travelled from Persia and reached Bijapur in 1560. He was absorbed into the elite of the Adil Shahi court and served in various senior positions including the Khan-e-Salar (Commander) of the army, Tahvildar(Accountant) of treasury, etc.

I will now piece together the events of that day from the narrative of Shirazi adding to it information from other sources regarding that fateful day.

After resolving all mutual differences through agreements between themselves, cemented by marriage alliances, the Sultans assembled to do battle…

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Posted October 21, 2017 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels