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Today's Puzzle: Can You Identify This Building? by David McMahon

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Okay, all you sleuths from around the world … can you work out the answer?

This was shot as a friend was driving away from the historic building. I spotted this view in his wing mirror and got him to slow down to a crawl so that I could manoeuvre myself into position to shoot this unusual view.

If you don’t want to know the answer yet, don’t read any further, but this was solved by Sazfab on her first guess.

Yes, it is the famous Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, India – a magnificent marble museum. And the huge bronze angel atop the dome is actually a weather vane! And yes, it does turn!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.

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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!!! :D

  • Thanks you, Cee – I don’t know what made me look that way. Just luck!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    interesting shot
    no idea where this is….

  • Glad you like the shot …. and I know you’d enjoy photographing this building.

    – David McMahon

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 5 years ago

    Looks like Eastern Europe. Somewhere in Rusland or even Turkey maybe? Great shot David!

  • Hi Anne-Marie. No, I have to nix both those answers. So glad you like the shot, though. Let’s see if you or anyone else can nail down the answer!

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfababout 5 years ago

    Is it the Victoria Memorial Hall, Culcutta? I spy what maybe a dark statue of Queenie?

  • BINGO – how on earth did you do that?!!!

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfababout 5 years ago

    LOL, what apart from being very clever……..deduction and a little help from google images…is that cheating?

    I reckoned on the black statue being either a big woman -Victoria or buddha, on your enlarged one, I thought it to be Queenie, and that in the foreground is a hint of a horse or Lion, so I googled queen victoria buildings in india…et voila..

  • Yep, being clever is the main thing, Saz! Great process of deduction, Sherlock. It is an AMAZING building. There is a different view of that stunning angel on my RB site …. I think it was called ``Calcutta’s guardian angel’’.

    – David McMahon

  • pix-elation
    pix-elationabout 5 years ago

    It looks very British, but I didn’t think I’d seen it anywhere in London; thought along colonial lines so googled around the far east until I found the The Victoria Memorial, in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.
    Sheerluck Holmes strikes again!

  • Perfect logic. Yes, it’s British-built, from imported Italian marble. I was born in Kolkata, hence the fascination with this beautiful building. Great work in solving the puzzle.

    – David McMahon

  • pix-elation
    pix-elationabout 5 years ago

    Oh, too late!! But good fun finding it anyway!!!

  • Yes, but you worked it out on your own thought process, without looking at Sazfab’s answer. So everyone’s a winner!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 5 years ago

    Great, imaginative shot David

  • Thanks very much, Shulie. It’s interesting to think I spent about half an hour shooting the building, but the best shot was when we were driving AWAY from it!

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Cool shot!!!!

  • Thanks, Cheryl. Just lucky I was paying attention as the car drove away!

    – David McMahon

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10about 5 years ago

    have to be the exhibition building in Melbourne…our first sitting of parliament was here. (I did pay attention at school!!)

  • You’re right about the first sitting of parliament, Thomas. And the colonial resemblance is interesting, too. But this time, it’s the wrong country!

    – David McMahon

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