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I visited the Sikh temple at Gravesend and found that visitors and photography were most welcome, subject to respectful customs of removing footwear and covering the head.

The new Gurdwara building is based on a
concrete structure, reinforced with steel.
Over 35,000 tons of concrete and 700
tons of steel were used in the basic
construction. The concrete has then been
clad on the outside with Marble and
Granite from India, with a layer of
insulation between the concrete and the
stonework. The details around the
windows and doors have been picked
out in finely carved marble. ThePorch and
Veranda are all in finely carved marble
with coloured inlay panels, and bas relief
images of Historic Gurdwaras in India and
Pakistan.
Expert stonemasons from India came to fit
the stonework over a period of about four
years. The stonework also includes many
carvings, and intricate designs using semiprecious
stones. Overall, about 1,400
tonnes of Marble and Granite have been
used. In the front of the Gurdwara, there
are water features and fountains.
The Gurdwara has five domes, to honour
and represent the Five Beloved Ones
(Panj Pyare) with the largest being above
the main Worship Hall. This dome is 18
metres in diameter, while the one above
the entrance foyer is 12 metres in
diameter.
The domes were constructed using a mix
of old and new technologies. They are
covered with white marble tiles on the
outside, and each is lined on the inside
with specially-commissioned glass
mosaics. The basic construction of the
domes is of steel girders encased in two
layers of concrete, with a layer of
insulation between these.

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Title:Sikh Temple [Gurdwara]
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Uploaded:26 Apr 2013 - 10:47 AM
Tags:Architecture, Temple
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Apr 2013 - 10:55 AM

Great info and an impressive place Ivor !

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johnke
johnke  155 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 10:58 AM

Wow Ivor what a superb building. The ornate dome is so detailed a really interesting Image, V1 is awesome..John

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Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 11:43 AM

2 great images Ivor, v1 for meSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


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morpheus1955
26 Apr 2013 - 11:44 AM

What a superb building, both inside and out, fascinating write up too

Hugh

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cats_123 e2 Member 104247 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 11:44 AM

fabulous interior Smile

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digital_boi
26 Apr 2013 - 11:51 AM

very fine captures of this impressive temple Ivor the internals of the dome are special indeed pleasure to view

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rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 12:17 PM

Two excellent shots of this interesting building, good narrative too.

Ray

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Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 12:17 PM

Lovely building and great shotsGrin
Diane

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Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 1:12 PM

Sumptous and splendid Ivor - what a wonderful building - great info as well.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 - 2:48 PM

2 cracking images Ivor.
Brian

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mooreish  2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2013 - 5:16 PM

Great set V2 For meSmile

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Suzicoo e2 Member 2429 forum postsSuzicoo vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 9:16 AM

great images of this building and nice to get the write up to go with itSmile
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silverfoxey
10 Jun 2013 - 4:35 PM

Great piece of architecture and you captured both very impressively. The info covers a great deal in the overall construction of this temple. Well done. James Smile

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