Jake’s challenge this week is a favourite topic – Architecture. Normally, this would be the jumping off point for a discussion of the evolution of architecture in Sri Lanka, but not this time – that’s a topic that needs to be tackled in detail and unfortunately I’m up against time now – other things must come before blogging!
“… the best buildings are often so well constructed that they outlast their original use. They then survive not only as beautiful objects, but as documents of the history of cultures, achievements in architecture that testify to the nature of the society that produced them. These achievements are never wholly the work of individuals. Architecture is a social art.”
and what better example of this than that jewel of Khmer architecture – Banteay Srei.
Taken just after the sun rose on a watery morning in January, the diminutive temple’s red sandstone glows, its intricately carved surfaces adding depth and meaning to the simple element of stone.