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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in the evening.

The following series encloses 15 photographs of Masjid-i Jahān-Numā meaning World-reflecting Mosque situated in Old Delhi, India. Built in mid 1600AD by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, its the largest mosque in India. The monument, the prime shooting location of many Bollywood movies can hold 25,000 people during prayer times. It is also close to a major ancient Indian market known as ‘Meena Bazaar’ and one of the oldest and most famous eat streets in India, the ‘Chandni Chowk’. From the Jama Masjid, one can see the ‘Red Fort’ at a distance, home to some of the most powerful Mughal Emperors of all times. Do leave your feedback if you like the series.

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People washing themselves before prayer.

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Sunset over the mosque

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Ali wondering where little sister Alisha is, as she is not allowed inside during the prayers

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Prayer Time

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Alone

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Sunset over the old city

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Sunset from another angle

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Chaos

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Lights get on

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Chaotic traffic in Old Delhi

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Friends

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A new photo angle

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The image from the top of the mosque

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Meanwhile in Italy

Meanwhile in Italy

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2. The Zimbabwean player with many birdies. #Veniceuu (2)

3. The view from my room #Florenceuu (3)

4. The view from my seat #Romauu (4)

5. Napolitan seauu (5)

6. Love in Ray-bans. uu (6)

7. And even more Ray-Bansuu (7)

8. A view of Rome #Vaticanuu (8)

9. Happy girl.uu (9)

10. Grandeur.uu (10)

11. Inquisitive twinsuu (11)

12. Italian haircut.uu (12).

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Sky High

Recently Conde Nast Traveler published a post featuring images from places high up. So I thought why not have a similar post even on this blog.

Starting with an image of Paris from the top of Eiffel Tower. With the Sacre Coeur in view.

DSC_0610Next we look onto the city of Prague, from the Prague castle situated strategically on a hilltop making it tough for the ancient man as well as the modern man with high blood cholesterol to climb.

DSC_0246Lets get out of Europe and look at Dubai

DSC_0135Lets look down upon one of the Indian cities, the city of Kolkata.

DSC_0010Back to Europe, to Italy specifically, looking at the red housetops of Venice.

DSC_0546Next we look down upon Florence, the city after which Florence Nightingale was named. The view is secured after climbing over 400 treacherous steps through narrow pathways and dark haunting alleys all built within the Florence Duomo.

DSC_0004 Finally we look over the city of Rome, which incidentally was not built in a day, from the top of the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

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Christmas Cathedral Hopping – Part III

Its Christmas time and lets dedicate this set of images exclusively to the Vatican and the St Peter’s Basilica.

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Christmas Cathedral Hopping – Part II

Its Christmas time and lets get into the holiday mood with some of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.

Lets start part 2 with one of the eeriest cathedrals in the world, the Cathedral at Sedlec, Czech Republic.

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.Next is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, near the Spanish Steps,Rome,Italy

DSC_0085.Next in line is the Milan Cathedral, Italy

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Next is The Church of our Lady before Tyn, Prague, Czech Republic

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.Next is the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

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Christmas Cathedral Hopping – Part I

So its Christmas time and lets get into the holiday mood with some of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.

Lets start with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

DSC_0116Next is the Cathedral of St Michael & St Gudula, Brussels ,Belgium

marcussam_brussels.Next is the good old Notre Dame Cathedral from my favourite city, Paris

marcussam_notredamelightn.Next in line is the Church of St Leodegar, Lucerne, Switzerland

marcussam_swiss.Next in line is the good old Cologne Cathedral, Germany

marcussam_germany.The Pisa Cathedral, Italy

marcus sam.the St Paul’s Cathdedral, Kolkata, India

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End of Part 1

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Some recently featured images on Photoburst

Photoburst.net is a daily photo competition website where big shot as well as small shot photographers compete daily for screen space.

So some of my recent images on Photoburst feature are below.

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Halloween from an Ossuary

Since Halloween is here it would be great to have a post from one of the eeriest churches around the world ; the ossuary (a place to store bone) situated at Sedlec, a small village near Kutná Hora , Czech Republic.

In 1278,an abbot sent to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified, got some of the soil from that place and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. In the mid 14th century, during the Black Death, and after the Hussite Wars (Bohemian religious wars) in the early 15th century, many thousands were buried in the abbey cemetery.Later on there was no more place for new graves,the bones were dug up and made into an ossuary cum church.It currently houses roughly between 40,000-70,000 human skeletons some of which have been made into artistic chandeliers and pieces of art and is rated as one of the most eerie places of worship in the world.

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  • The entrance to the Roman Catholic Church

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  • Spines been given an artistic shape by the ancient monks

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  • A Cross being made with bones

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  • A bone chandelier that is the ‘cherry of the cake’

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  • A few more ‘artistic imaginations’ of the ancient monks

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  • And finally Jesus Christ himself at the end of the parade. Also an image of bones lines with coins, proof enough that u are born empty handed and you die empty handed.

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And Finally Happy Halloween !!

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Easter Friday

Good Friday: According to the gospels the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday. Now why Good other than the fact that the only thing ‘good’ imaginable in the 21st century is the fact that its a holiday before a weekend.The fact is its pretty much unclear.While some claim that good has been derived from the word ‘God’ and it should be God Friday, others claim that Good might mean pious or holy.Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or Sorrowful Friday or Gottes Freitag meaning God’s Friday. The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day, which in the Latin Rite of the Church is understood as having only one full meal (but smaller than a regular meal) and two collations (a smaller repast, two of which together do not equal one full meal) and on which the faithful abstain from eating meat. This is why many places have the typical ‘Fish Friday’. Many religion scholars believe Jesus was crucified by nails driven into his wrists, not hands. French physician Pierre Barbet wrote a book called A Doctor at Calvary, in which he said humans are able to bear their own weight with the strength of their bones and ligaments within the wrists, but not with palms alone and if Jesus was nailed only in his hands, he would have fallen to the ground. By the time of Jesus’s death, crucifixion had already been practiced for some 600 years and was a detailed procedure designed to be a very painful process for the victim.

The Tradition of Easter Eggs is however quite interesting.Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus:an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.The Easter Bunny however is German in origin. The Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour.The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children.

The images in the post are from the Church of Pisa, one of the most beautiful church interiors I have ever visited. Its not very large , but its very cozy, Ideal place for Jesus to stay in..Its construction began in 1064AD. Galileo is believed to have formulated his theory about the movement of a pendulum by watching the swinging of the incense lamp hanging from the ceiling of the nave.The coffer ceiling of the nave was replaced after the fire of 1595. The present gold-decorated ceiling carries the coat of arms of the Medici.

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