The Most Beautiful Building That Can Barely Be Seen

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The last time we were in Atlanta, we went to see the Hindu Temple in Lilburn. It cost $19 million to build it, is 27,000+ sq feet, and is the largest Hindu Temple outside India (wow, right!?). This is how it's described by NPR:

Made of Turkish limestone, Italian marble and Indian pink sandstone, the temple rises 72 feet into the sky and looks a bit like the Taj Mahal, with its soft white spires and 13 domes.

The temple is an engineering marvel. No steel or metals have been used in the construction, and each piece, hand-carved and imported from India, was numbered, divided into sections and eventually set in place. The whole structure fits together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Well, this is as close as you can get to take a picture of it. They prohibit all photography inside the gates - there's even a sign on the gate:

In the NY Times article, they describe these red and white flags' purpose is to ward off evil.

They give tours - would love to do that.

The *best* pics of the Temple are here, by someone that was able to get in while it was under construction. Wow!! Seriously. Wow.

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