Architecture of India

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The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.
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Mughal architecture

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The rule of the Mughal Empire, when Mughal architecture evolved, is regarded as the zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture, with the Taj Mahal being the high point of their contribution.
It developed the styles of earlier Muslim dynasties in India as an amalgam of Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Indian architecture.

Indo-Islamic architecture

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Among a number of architectural styles and traditions, the contrasting Hindu temple architecture and Indo-Islamic architecture are the best known historical styles. The earliest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture were constructed during this period by the Delhi Sultanates, most famously the Qutb Minar complex, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The first major Islamic kingdom in India was the Delhi Sultanate, which led to the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, combining Indian and Islamic features.
Indo-Islamic architecture has left a large impact on modern Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi architecture, as in the case of its influence on the Indo-Saracenic Revivalism of the late British Raj.

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The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.
This renewal was reflected in a flowering of sculpture and architecture, which found patrons among an urban elite.

Sanchi

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The reliefs of Sanchi, dated to the 1st centuries BCE-CE, show cities such as Kushinagar or Rajagriha as splendid walled cities, as in the or.
The Great Stupa at Sanchi is one of the oldest stone structures in India, and an important monument of Indian Architecture.

Pillars of Ashoka

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The famous Ashoka columns show great sophistication, and a variety of influences in their details.
These pillars constitute important monuments of the architecture of India, most of them exhibiting the characteristic Mauryan polish.

Vihāra

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Later rock-cut viharas, occupied by monastic communities, survive, mostly in Western India, and in Bengal the floor-plans of brick-built equivalents survive.
Vihara or vihara hall has a more specific meaning in the architecture of India, especially ancient Indian rock-cut architecture.

Hindu temple architecture

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Among a number of architectural styles and traditions, the contrasting Hindu temple architecture and Indo-Islamic architecture are the best known historical styles. Hindu temple architecture is mainly divided into Dravidian and Nagara styles.
In Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian architecture," there are over 150 temples scattered around the village.

Mandapa

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The shrine building may include an ambulatory for parikrama (circumambulation), one or more mandapas or congregation halls, and sometimes an antarala antechamber and porch between garbhagriha and mandapa.
Mandapa (also spelled mantapa or mandapam) in Indian architecture, especially Hindu temple architecture, is a pillared hall or pavilion for public rituals.

Mughal Empire

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The rule of the Mughal Empire, when Mughal architecture evolved, is regarded as the zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture, with the Taj Mahal being the high point of their contribution.

Ambulatory

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The shrine building may include an ambulatory for parikrama (circumambulation), one or more mandapas or congregation halls, and sometimes an antarala antechamber and porch between garbhagriha and mandapa.
The same feature is often found in Indian architecture and Buddhist architecture generally, especially in older periods.

Taj Mahal

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The rule of the Mughal Empire, when Mughal architecture evolved, is regarded as the zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture, with the Taj Mahal being the high point of their contribution. Its most prominent examples are the series of imperial mausolea, which started with the pivotal Tomb of Humayun, but is best known for the Taj Mahal.

Islamic architecture

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The architecture during the Mughal Period, with its rulers being of Turco-Mongol origin, has shown a notable blend of Indian style combined with the Islamic.
Further east, it was also influenced by Chinese and Indian architecture as Islam spread to Southeast Asia.

Qutb Shahi tombs

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Notable buildings of the Bahmani and Deccan sultanates in the Deccan include the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Madrasa Mahmud Gawan and Gol Gumbaz.
The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, a distinctive style that blends Persian and Indian forms.

Hoysala architecture

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Styles called vesara include the early Badami Chalukya Architecture, Western Chalukya architecture, and finally Hoysala architecture.

Humayun's Tomb

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Its most prominent examples are the series of imperial mausolea, which started with the pivotal Tomb of Humayun, but is best known for the Taj Mahal.
The building was first to use its unique combination of red sandstone and white marble, and includes several elements of Indian architectural, like the small canopies, or chhatris surrounding the central dome, popular in Rajasthani architecture and which were originally covered with blue tiles.

Qutb Minar complex

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The earliest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture were constructed during this period by the Delhi Sultanates, most famously the Qutb Minar complex, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Indo-Saracenic architecture

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The amalgamation of Indo-Islamic and European styles led to a new style, known as the Indo-Saracenic style.After independence, modernist ideas spread among Indian architects as a way of progressing from the colonial culture.
By doing this they kept elements of British and European architecture, while adding Indian characteristics; this, coupled with the British allowing some regional Indian princes to stay in power, made their presence more "palatable" for the Indians.

Indian vernacular architecture

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History of India

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The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.

Indian religions

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The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.

Dravidian architecture

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Hindu temple architecture is mainly divided into Dravidian and Nagara styles.

Islam

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The first major Islamic kingdom in India was the Delhi Sultanate, which led to the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, combining Indian and Islamic features.

Delhi Sultanate

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The earliest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture were constructed during this period by the Delhi Sultanates, most famously the Qutb Minar complex, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The first major Islamic kingdom in India was the Delhi Sultanate, which led to the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, combining Indian and Islamic features.