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The Inception of Architecture: The Art of Giving Life to Walls

The Inception of Architecture: The Art of Giving Life to Walls


Someone wisely said that “Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together”. Thus, when did this artistic-science begin?

Let’s find out who was the first one to place these bricks together!

1. With the sense of survival comes the need for security. So the first step in providing that security is by building a shelter which started way back in the Neolithic Period.

Neolithic Period

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2. Travelling back in history, the shreds of evidence claim that the oldest pieces in architecture have always been of a religious significance.

3. In India, Lord Vishwakarma is said to be the oldest architect and the engineer of the universe. He not only built the city of Dwarka but also created the chariot and weapons of the Gods.

4. The history of Indian architecture dates back to the time of the Indus Valley Civilization during the Bronze Age which saw the much famous Mohenjodaro.

Indus Valley Civilization

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5. The oldest city which was rediscovered in the 1920s according to a grid plan by sun-dried bricks had 700 wells and no city boundary walls.

Oldest city

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6. The period between 600-250 BC saw the Buddhist and ancient Indian Architecture in bloom. It used wood and bricks, had chaitya arches and multi-storeyed buildings with beautiful carvings on them.

7. Hemispherical structures, called Stupas, were constructed as meditation-halls during this period. The earliest of these structures was Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa

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8. The period also gave origin to the very popular Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta caves of India. Classified under the Gupta architecture, these caves had elaborate carvings with sacred beliefs.

9. After this came the Temple and Jain architecture. As the name suggests, it is famous for its beautiful temples spread across the country obeying the rules of geometry representing art, dharma and belief.

Temple and Jain architecture

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10. Ruled by the Delhi, Deccan, and Bengal Sultanate, the period of Indo-Islamic architecture gave birth to the minars, like Qutub Minar and Char Minar. The Hauz Khas Complex was also built (with bricks and terracotta ornamentation) during this time.

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11. The most cherished possession of India, the Taj Mahal belongs to this era. It has onion-domes with gardens on all sides and an elaborate story to focus-on.

12. The Rajput architecture, which gave us the massive and awestruck forts used to protect the military, the Sikh and the Maratha architecture famous for the Golden Temple and Shaniwar Wada, came later and was influenced by the Mughals and British styles.

Golden Temple

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13. The evolution of time got larger buildings with larger central parts covered with domes or modern-day roofs which has uniqueness and utility.

Larger Buildings

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It is a common saying the way we shape our buildings, shapes us. Thus the styles must have evolved, but a state’s love and passion remain the same. What do you say?

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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