Goa State Central Library in Panaji

The Goa State Central Library is one of the oldest existing public library in India inaugrated on the 15th September 1832 by Viceroy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro, it was then called Publica Livraria. Since then the library has transformed from a library with military institute, municipal office and academy and finally became a National Library. Read more about its history here. It is located right next to the Goa State Museum. In recent years it has undergone extensive renovation and has transformed itself into India’s best library with very good facilities and the envy of other State/Central libraries.

Website: Goa State Central Library
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Houses of Goa Museum, Goa

A remarkably dense collection of all knowledge of Goan architecture with a dash of Goan music and art that is Mario Miranda. The building and all contents within were designed and collected by Goan architect Gerard da Cunha. The museum itself is designed to look like a ship, with traffic flowing on all sides of the building. There are also buildings around the museum which are a delight to see.

Address: #674, Near Nisha’s Play School,
Torda, Salvador do Mundo Bardez Goa – 403 101
Timings: 10 AM to 7:30 PM
Website: ArchGoa.org

All images are taken by me.

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In Captions > Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Chatrapathi Shiva Terminus

Much effort has gone into making Mumbai look and feel like London. One of the most stunning example of Victorian Design is Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus or CST (formerly Victoria Terminus), it's where every person who travel through train to Mumbai City steps out.

Gargoyles are everywhere in CST, serving not only as water spouts but also as sculptures that is scaring off evil spirits. CST's peculiar design is considered to be both gothic and victorian.

Images: Flickr users UrbanWanderer, digitaleye81, Blacknell, Clogette, my hovercraft is full of eels, Eric.Parker and 陈霆, Ting Chen, Wing.
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Haveli Le Prince Nadine or Angrez ki Haveli in Fatehpur Rajasthan

In 1999 French artist Nadine Le Prince bought a 19th-century haveli in Fatehpur and, with the help of Dinesh Dhabhai of Mandawa Haveli, spent the next year locating the right artisans, paints, and methods of restoring it. Now called Haveli Nadine (though locals call it Angrez ki Haveli — Englishwoman’s haveli), it’s been converted into a cultural center that’s aimed at bringing together the art of Rajasthani with that of foreign artists, and preserving the art forms of Shekhawati. When rain and humidity damaged her newly restored haveli in 2003, Nadine waited for the walls to dry up, and began restoration work in earnest again. Serious art lovers should make an effort to stop here, particularly when an exhibition is on; you can discover Rajasthan through paintings or sculptures not available in any of the regular tourist centers. Either way, touring this gorgeous, painstakingly restored haveli is one way you can visualize what this region’s art might have looked like in its heyday. It’s generally open between 8am and 7pm each day, but call to check (tel. 01571/23-3024; nadine.leprince@free.fr; Rs 100 admission).

Source: Frommers (text) and Skyscraper City (images)

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