Ever visited an incredible site in some exotic land and wondered the amount of Gold it had?
Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
Celebrated worldwide as the Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a pilgrimage and a tourist attraction situated in the Mon state of Burma. It is situated on top of a boulder which has golden leaves pasted on them. The pagoda is believed to stand on a strand of Buddha’s hair while surrounded by mountains on all its sides. Women are not allowed to enter inside the pagoda but can visit the outside courtyard and premises.
Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
Golden Temple, also known as Darbar Sahib is considered to be the holiest Gurudwara and is an important pilgrimage site for Sikhism. The temple resembles a mixture of Indo-Islamic and Rajput architectural styles. It’s dome is covered with gold makes it look stunning in the evenings with the reflections falling on the waters of the holy tank, which is also called Amrita Saras or Pool of nectar.
Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is home to a number of architectural landmarks, however Aya Sofiya is the most notable structure out of them. It was constructed and planned by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian 1 – who was appointed by the incomparable Byzantine head Justinian. The architecture boasts of creative design frames, rich history and religious significance. Aya Sofya is absolutely stunning, and is rightly called the ‘Church of Holy Wisdom’.
The Hagia Sophia is a longitudinal basilica and has a 32-meter brilliant vault bolstered on pendentives and crystal fixtures in a completely unique way. Three passageways and extraordinary marble docks ascend to make the arch look stunning and distinct. Hagia Sophia was initially a church and was later turned into a mosque and now serves as a museum. A visit to the royal residence’s lavish structures, gem-filled Treasury and exquisite interiors are what people look forward to. Its interiors are adorned with gold mosaic work.
Kinkaku-Ji , Kyoto, Japan
Kinkaku-Ji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is popularly known as the Golden Pavilion. It is a three-storeyed building with two floors covered with gold. It is set amidst a wonderful peaceful lake and green landscapes. Golden Pavilion is a noteworthy and mesmerizing structure. This place has a mix of various engineering styles. The primary floor of Kinkaku-Ji has Shinden style of architecture associated with the Heian period.
Royal residence of Versailles
Once used to be the royal residence of the France under Louis XIV is now a Museum of History of France, the Royal residence of Versailles has witnessed several changes in the last few decades. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and has symmetrical gardens, fountains, canals and groves. The interiors are adorned with gold. The most notable places inside the premises are the Royal Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Opera. The Royal Gate, situated at the spot where the bronze statue of Louis XIV stands is a detailed gold leaf entryway, isolating the Court of Honor from the Royal Court. The Royal Hall of Mirrors is around 70 metres long and has 17 wide mirrors designed to reflect the windows overlooking the gardens. Charles Le Brun has painted thirty scenes from Louis XIV’s reign on the ceiling. There are also royal apartment designated for various members of the royal family and chapel where prayers were offered.