Thursday, 13 August 2015


Over the centuries, the Great Pyramid has been a continual source of admiration wonder and curiosity. It is subject to many mystic claims and theories such as pyramid power and curses. It is a constant challenge and inspiration for generations of architects and builders. After the lapse of many centuries, it is difficult to decipher what was in the mind of the architect when he designed the Great Pyramid. Nobody can give a plausible reason. But certainly a well defined plan or design should have directed and guided the master architect while constructing it. Its aesthetic brilliance, geometric splendour, complex internal features, coupled with the stunning precision of its construction, not only forever adds on to its enigma but also points to the necessity of an elaborate plan behind. Otherwise it is highly unlikely that, building such an elaborate edifice would have been undertaken and accomplished. 

Unfortunately no records, plans, blueprints or direct accounts of the Great Pyramids construction have survived. No inscriptions or texts are contained in its chambers or the name of the architect is also not known. We have to make our own conjectures and conclusions, based upon the surviving exterior and interior architecture of it. 

But all are unanimous in agreeing that its construction certainly must have been directed by at least one intelligible and knowledgeable individual who possessed considerable desim engineering and construction expertise. The precision of its construction leaves no doubt that it was a brilliant architectural concept, engineered to near perfection. 

The Great Pyramid had been a source of Inspiration for architects to design pyramid-shaped structures. The first and popular creation was the Pei Pyramids in the courtyard of the famous Louvre Museum, in Paris. Grand in concept and exquisite in execution, it proves the ability of modern architects in adapting traditional architectural forms.

The new entrance to the Louvre Museum has become as famous as the museum itself. Ther, controversial neo modern glass pyramid designed by the Chinese-born American I M Pei produced scorn from traditionalists who felt it destroyed the dignity of the Renaissance courtyard. But progressive admirers hailed Pei's 71 foot tall transparent pyramid as a sparkling synergy of ancient structure and modern method  a symbolic link between the old and the new. The pyramid is clad in a warm ochre, lightly tinted glass especially drawn by St. Gobain to be compatible with the honey -coloured stone of the facades of the old Louvre. It was commissioned in 1985 by the late French President Francois Mitterand and at his specific demand it has been constructed exactly of 666 panes of glass. 

Not to lag behind in any modern venture, Bangalore has its own panoramic pyramidal structures. They range from the traditional to the ultra-modern. There are pyramid type of class rooms at Torepalya, Magadi Taluk in Bangalore rural district. These pyramid class rooms, said to be the first of its kind in the State, offer an ambience of peaceful environment without the jarring noise pollution.

One of the conspicuous buildings constructed by the Infosys technologies near Electronic City, is a mirrored building in the shape of a pyramid. Nearby in Electronic city, the Church of St. Francies de Sales has a pyramid-shaped church structure. Their quality of novelty, factors of convenience and preference by public had made the emergence of more pyramid-shaped structures in and around Bangalore a regular feature.

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