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These Striking Facades Of Southern Indian Churches Don’t Look Like Churches At All

These churches are intensely beautiful and bold!

Churches are holy places where believers go to worship. The architectural design of all churches, although different from each other, have a similarity which makes them unique with any other buildings.

In the region of Kerala in Southern India, the designs of these temples have been variously influenced by the Western style. Every church is a reinterpretation of the Indian culture by the use of intense colors and effusively sculptural language.

The design choices mostly consist of stars, castles and ships.

These churches are built after the 1947 independence in their quest to seek uniqueness from the architectural style of the colonist.

They do not adhere to any distinct technique of architectural design but instead a combination of different concepts.

German photographers Stefanie Zoche and Sabine Haubitz spotted these striking buildings.

They noticed it during their visit to India when they were documenting a project between 2011 and 2016.

They have made these buildings their next project. Since the latter’s passing, Zoche still continued on completing the series on her own.

The series entitled Haubitz + Zoche: Postcolonial Epiphany is on display at Zephyr, Space for Photography, in Mannheim, Germany.

Zoche said:

“With the churches and cinemas in south India, we see the complex cultural processes that took place after Independence. With photographic means, I can isolate the buildings from their surroundings and focus in such a way that these complexities become visible in the concentration on the typology. That’s why we photograph these buildings with a certain serenity and severe regard, mostly in the same light and against a clear sky.”

The churches may have a peculiar outside appearance different from what we are used to.

However, India’s architectural designs speak a lot about the country’s society after being freed from the British Empire, and the intention of the people who made the buildings to have their own identity apart from their colonist.

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8 Ancient Temples You Can Still Visit Today

These temples will give you a glimpse at what life was like hundreds of years ago.

There are several ancient temples around the world that are still intact today. These structures are true testaments to how our ancestors made buildings that were meant to last.

The term "temple" comes from the Latin word "templum" which was used in ancient Rome to describe a sacred precinct for priests. Today, the term is rarely used unless describing ancient structures that have withstood the test of time. Here are nine ancient temples that you can still see and visit today.

1. Dwarkadhish Temple

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Jacob’s Well, One Of Earth’s Most Mesmerizing Yet Dangerous Natural Wonder

Will you have the courage to take a dive?

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During the hot summer months in Central Texas, one can get relief from the stifling heat by either downing an ice-cold glass of beer, staying in their air-conditioned rooms, or swimming in one of the world’s most dangerous natural wonders, Jacob’s Well.

The mystery of Jacob’s well is what attracts people to swim in it. It is a thrill seeker’s paradise. While the waters are indeed refreshing and it’s beauty impeccable, it's also the deathbed of many a few divers. It’s a never-ending black hole that has lured people to their demise.

Jacobs Well is a karstic spring located in Hay County, southwest of Austin Texas.

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Nevis Catapult, New Zealand’s Latest Thrill Ride Turns You Into A Human Slingshot

Would you try this?

New Zealand is the world's capital of adventure tourism, and it’s giving people another reason to check the place out. Since skydiving appears to be a thing of the past now, New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown offers a new adventure for thrill-seekers — The Nevis Catapult.

The Nevis Valley on New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown is home of the world's first commercial bungee jump, but it is taking things up a notch by introducing a human slingshot. However, this isn’t just a human slingshot that you attempt in your backyard; The Nevis Catapult can catapult people nearly 500 feet in mere seconds.

New Zealand got even more adventurous.

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