Photography of architecture has a long history. View from the Window at Le Gras, the world’s oldest surviving photograph, is an example of architectural photography and it was taken in the 1820s! The medium has remained popular over the years, which is not surprising given the importance of architecture.
Buildings do much more than just provide us with a place to live. They are works of art as well as long-lasting cultural symbols. Architecture photography (also known as building photography or structure photography) is a type of photography that focuses on structures. It can be done outside and inside of buildings, as well as bridges, other structures, and cityscapes.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam is the most important of India’s 108 Vaishnava temples (Divya desams). It is near Tiruchirapalli, the city of temples. It is on an island formed by the two rivers Cauvery and Coleroon, near the city.
The temple is spread across 155 acres and contains seven prakaras, or enclosures, which represent the seven chakras of the human body. There are 81 shrines, 21 gopurams, and 39 grand pavilions within the compound. The complex, built-in stone with intricate carvings, contains over 800 inscriptions that provide insights into religious and social influences during the mediaeval era.
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