I just completed my summer goal of doing the Minaret Traverse near Mammoth. I tried this two years ago and came four peaks short of the entire traverse. Last time it destroyed me and this time I felt (feel)four peaks more destroyed. There’s a lot of hiking, scrambling over fields of scree and of course navigating through massive towers of rubble that the Minarets are known for. Non of the climbing is that difficult but route finding is a true challenge. Trying to find the SAFEST and cleanest line possible was the mental crux of the day. The main challenge for me was all the hiking and boulder hopping. I’ve had three ankle injuries and by the end of the day I was limping my way back to the trail head. Also, I didn’t bring toilet paper so Minaret shards had to suffice. This added to the discomfort of the long hike back as I walked the last mile like a cowboy in some Wild West film. Ouch! On top of all that, much of the climbing is done at high elevation and there was nasty smoke blowing up from a fire to the southwest. This traverse is an incredible adventure I’ll never forget but holy crap it’s brutal. 19 hours car to car. I’m worked. @gramicci@frictionlabs@evolv_worldwide
The magnificent Jame Mosque of Yazd. ♡
One of the oldest mosques in the world, it dates back almost 1000 years. It is a fine example of Persian architecture and features the tallest minarets in the world! How brilliant is all this detail!!
Sezincote House, Gloucestershire, UK 🇬🇧 .
“Sezincote sits at 875 feet above sea level in the North #Cotswolds . The House is still privately owned and remains the centre of a thriving agricultural estate, which provides resources both to maintain the #house , and to sustain the complex tapestry of rural life.
A little bit of the Far East in the Cotswold countryside, Sezincote is a unique house built in ab Indo-sarcenic Mughal architecture style, inspired by the tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi.
The house was the whim of Colonel John Cockerell, grandson of the diarist Samuel Pepys, who returned to #England having amassed a fortune in the #EastIndiaCompany . John died in 1798, three years after his return, and the estate passed to his youngest brother Charles, who had also worked for the company. He commissioned his brother Samuel, an #architect , to #design and #build an #Indian house in the #Mogul#style of Rajasthan, complete with #minarets , peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings and #pavilions . Once completed, Sezincote dazzled all who came. When the #PrinceRegent visited in 1807, an event commemorated in a Daniell painting owned by the family, he was so impressed that he went on to change his plans for the #RoyalPavillion in #Brighton . Designed by John Nash, it echoed the exotic #Indianstyle he’d admired at Sezincote.
Sezincote appropriates real #Indianarchitecture , refracting it through European conventions. Rather than idealising Indian design into a fantasy of wonder and #exoticism , the design registers the #artistic#sophistication of the subcontinent. The best way to understand it then is as a work of respectful mimicry, creating a partial representation of #Indian forms.
What makes the design feel so unusual is not so much these forms in themselves as the ambivalence that emerges from the act of #architectural mimicry.
The #construction of the main house was finished by 1811, but work continued on the conservatories and other #buildings through the 1820s. “
Courtesy: Sezincote House, CountryLife and The Telegraph and Photographs by Paul Highnam.
This mosque is built by the Ottoman Turks in Medina, which is nowadays part of Saudi Arabia. It is named after the Anbariya Gate, next to which the mosque was located.
It was built in 1908 by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II and is one of the few historic buildings which were not destroyed by the Saudi government. Most of the antique or Ottoman historical buildings like the Ajyad Fortress were destroyed by the Saudi government as part of the Wahhabi/Salafiideology which rejects antique buildings as well as buildings which don't belong to their Salafi sect.
Happy Earth Day! 🌎 I hope you have a chance to get outside today and appreciate the beautiful landscape we’re so privileged to have in our backyard. We each need to do our part in protecting these sacred places! Could you imagine a world where all we had was a jungle made of concrete and power lines 😨?
Ghamama Masjid _ Madinah
It is built on the site where the Prophet (ﷺ) performed the Eid salah during the last years of his life.
This is also the location where the Prophet (ﷺ) performed Salatul Istisqa (a special salah for invocation of rain). The word Ghamama means clouds which suddenly appeared and brought rain after the Prophet (ﷺ) had performed the prayer.
The Brighton Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of the city with a colourful history. Its unusual design mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Built between 1787 and 1822 by architect John Nash and commissioned by George IV.
Gotta say it was pretty cool to see all the #minarets . Obviously Turkey is a Muslim nation (hence the crescent moon on the flag), but being from a "Christian" world these are something I really only see in books or movies, so they're sort of a novelty to me. At first, I admit I didn't know what to expect when I was coming here.
With all the bullshit propaganda that the US media puts out about Christians and Muslims, I guess one could assume that we aren't meant to get along, but I find that NOT to be the case AT ALL. The media means to inflame and divide because that's what gets ratings. Simple as that. They don't actually care that the information being put out there couldn't be further from the truth. These people have been so welcoming and so inviting to us that they have put the hospitality of many places I've been to shame.
This is just another example of how people are kept divided by those in power, so that they can't see that the real problem lies with the people at the top holding everyone else down, and not with their fellow man... No matter what color or religion he is.