Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture

Indo-Saracenic Revival Architecture

Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture

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The Indo-Saracenic Revival (also known as Indo-Gothic, Mughal-Gothic, Neo-Mughal, Hindoo or Hindu-Gothic) was an architectural style movement by British architects in the late 19th century in British India. It drew elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, and combined it with the Gothic revival and Neo-Classical styles favoured in Victorian Britain. The style gained momentum in the west with the publication of the various views of India by William Hodges and the Daniell duo, (William Daniell and his uncle Thomas Daniell) from about 1795.


Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Islamic Architecture


Confluence of different architectural styles had been attempted before during the Sultanate and Mughal periods. The conquest of India by the Muslims introduced new concepts in the already rich architecture of India. The prevailing style of architecture was trabeate, employing pillars, beam and lintels. The Muslims brought in the arcuate style of construction, with its arches and beams, which flourished under Mughal patronage and by incorporating elements of Indian architecture, especially Rajasthani Temple architecture

Local influences also lead to different 'orders' of the Indo-islamic style. After the disintegration of the Delhi Sultanate, rulers of individual states established their own rule and hence their own architectural styles, which was heavily influenced by local styles. Examples of these are the 'Bengal' and the 'Gujarat' schools. Motifs such as......
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