London Arch HDR




London Arch HDR

Originally uploaded by Sheikh Naveed

London Arch is a natural arch in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is one of the tourist attractions along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.

The arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part: they were rescued by a helicopter. Fortunately nobody was injured in the event. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.
(Wikipedia)

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Sheik Lotfollah mosqueHDR




Sheik Lotfollah mosqueHDR

Originally uploaded by Sheikh Naveed

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque (Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-o-llah in Persian or مسجد شيخ لطف الّله ) is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.

The architect (Mimar) of the edifice was Muhammad Reza ibn Ustad Hosein Banna Isfahani. He finished construction of the mosque in 1618.
(Wikipedia)

Kaaba HDR




Kaaba HDR

Originally uploaded by Sheikh Naveed

The Kaaba (Arabic: الكعبة) House of Allah (Creator and Honour of Everything) is very first building built on earth, Designed by Hazrat Ibrahim (Ala Nabiiena wa Alahis Salat o Wassalm) Located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam.

The building predates Islam, The building has a Masjid built around it, the Masjid al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every capable Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime if they can. Multiple parts of the Hajj require pilgrims to walk several times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction (as viewed from above). This circumambulation, the Tawaf, is also performed by pilgrims during the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage). However, the most dramatic times are during the Hajj, when two million pilgrims simultaneously gather to circle the building on the same day.