Check out this postcard I received over Official Postcrossing from Scotland! This intricate-lookin’ building is actually in India, and it’s known as Albert Hall. Albert Hall is located in Jaipur, a city found in the state of Rajasthan (northwestern India). Unlike many buildings which serve a certain purpose and then get converted to a museum, this one (mostly) started off as one! Once it had been built in the late 1800s, there was some brainstorming for what it should be used for. Some suggestions were a concert hall or the town hall, but finally the suggestion to make it a museum for sharing artwork and artifacts of the city was approved. Today it still serves that same function, displaying things like pottery, sculptures, textiles, carpets, and even “miniature paintings” (which I didn’t know was a thing!) What’s really notable about this building is what you see here – the crafty use of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The Indo-Saracenic style is one based on fusion of British Gothic and Indian/Islamic touches; because of the large amount of British rule taking place in India during the 19th century, this style was developed by British architects. It especially draws from Mughal architecture, which is the same style used to build the Taj Mahal. Some elements of Indo-Saracenic architecture that you can see here include the large domes, the pointed arches, and the eaves that kind of protrude out a bit. It’s pretty fascinating to see the product of breeding two very different styles of architecture to form something that’s still so grand and aesthetically delicious! Yes, visuals can be delicious too (in my book at least!) Thank you so much for this beautiful postcard, Bobbie!