Archive for the ‘Castles & Museums’ Category

Bara Imambara Complex

The Bara Imambara is one of the grandest buildings found in Lucknow, India. Although not as famous or popular as the other ancient Indian landmarks, it does hold its own as one of the more unique building complexes in the country, not only through its history but also by how it was designed. “Bara” means […]

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou is a large art complex located in the Beaubourg area in the city of Paris in France. It houses the Musee National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe and the IRCAM, which is a center for music and acoustic research. The complex also houses a vast […]

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum is a striking art museum located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. The current art museum was established in 1934 and has been run as a teaching museum for the University since its inception. It is quite a unique building and museum both in terms of its […]

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a striking Japanese castle located in Chuo-ku, Osaka in Japan. Also known originally as Ozakajo, it is one of the most famous castles in Japan. It also played a significant role in the eventual unification of medieval Japan among its warring factions during the 16th Century.  Osaka Castle HistoryOsaka Castle was the brainchild of a great Japanese warlord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This castle was planned to display the vast power and fortune being enjoyed by Toyotomi during that time. …

National Museum of Art Osaka

The National Museum of Art Osaka or NMAO is an underground art museum located in Nakanoshima, an island that is found between the Dojima and the Tosabori Rivers in Osaka, Japan. In Japanese, it is called the Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan, which roughly translates to National Museum of International Art. Museum HistoryThe original museum was designed by architect Arata Isozaki. The site of the structure was initially constructed the Expo Art Gallery for Expo ’70. The site was later on converted in…

Umaid Bhawan Palace

The Umaid Bhawan Palace is a large and majestic palace located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. It is the residence to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family. This palace is considered to be one of the world’s largest private residences. Palace HistoryThe Umaid Bhawan Palace was named after the Maharaja Umaid Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur during the time when India was undergoing transition into British colonial rule. Umaid Singh wanted to usher in this transition towards a better future by plan…

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is part of the Denver Civic Center located in Denver, Colorado. The museum is known for its extensive collection of American Indian art. It is also most notable for the Frederic C. Hamilton building with its unique and eye catching architecture as well as collection of modern and contemporary art. Frederic C. Hamilton BuildingThe Frederic C. Hamilton building is one of the newer structures that form part of the Denver Art Museum. It is easily distinguishable for its quite u…

Egeskov Castle

Egeskov Castle is an ancient water or moat castle located in Funen, Denmark. It is considered to be the best preserved Renaissance water castle in Europe. It has proudly stood for more than 450 years, dotting the beautiful landscape of Southern Funen.Egeskov Castle HistoryEgeskov Castle was completed in 1554. It was built by Frands Brokenhuus, who previously married Anne Tinhuus, daughter of the original estate owner where the castle was built. The name “Egeskov”, translated as “oak forest” was …

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is a medieval castle located in Cong, County Mayo in Ireland. It is an early 13th Century castle that has since been renovated and rebuilt as a hotel. It has also been known to play host to several notable guests, past and present.Castle HistoryAshford Castle was first built in 1228 by the de Burgh family who also went on to build several other similar castles throughout the province. It remained within the de Burgh family for more than three and a half centuries after which it we…

London Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the three large museums located on Exhibition Road, South Kensington in London, the others being the Science museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum is the home to life and earth science specimens totaling over 70 million items included in the five main collections, namely, Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology. Not only are the specimens of the museum considered for their scientific value, they also have garne…