Sunday, July 22, 2007


Kudos to Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, Dalton McGuinty and David Miller for attending the opening ceremonies of the new BAPS Hindu temple north of Toronto today. Aside from its obvious cultural significance, the temple is an impressive architectural accomplishment.

Amongst its highlights:
  • It is entirely hand built
  • Every stone, pillar and wall is hand-carved
  • It is built of Indian sandstone, Turkish limestone and Italian marble
  • It is built according to ancient Hindu architectural techniques (i.e. no steel frame)
  • Its $40 million cost was paid for entirely by private donations

In an era of glass and steel skyscrapers, it's nice to see such a stunning example of old-world craftsmanship and timeless architecture. I'll have to put it on my "To Visit" list.


knb said...

I have to say, I'm completely intrigued by this structure. No steel frame, no nails, just stone on stone.


We've built stone walls and such here and at prior properties. Nothing obvioulsy that could compare to this. They were difficult enough, to ensure intergrity etc. It's difficult to contemplate how complex this was.

Red Canuck said...

KNB - Yes, it looks beautiful, doesn't it? It's a glimpse into the way our ancestors found ways to get around complex architectural problems with virtually no "technology". Really fascinating.

Next time I'm back in the 'hood, I'm going to have to take a drive out to see it.

Manuel said...

All I can say is wow

Red Tory said...

I saw that on the news last night. Impressive indeed! I loved the idea how the whole thing was carved in individual pieces by artisans in hundreds of local villages across India and then shipped back for assembly in Rexdale. Let’s hope that the Hindu community in Vancouver does something similar. I’d certainly make a trek over to the mainland to see that.

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