Dreaming All The Time
(from "Remembrance of Things Past" by Marcel Proust - French novelist, 1871-1922)
This is a view of Panchganga Ghat with Alamgir Mosque on the top which was built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the site of the Vishnu Temple and it is a blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture.
The lower part of this mosque still has a Hindu temple.
Opening a book with drawings of Varanasi (Benaras) by James Princep allows to see that many buildings were kept at that time in a worst condition than nowadays.
It is really surprising because anyone can easily believe that many palaces and temples are today in decay and those sketches prove the opposite, in fact as time went by, people preserved and even restored many historic buildings.
It changes the way to appreciate the oldest living city in the world...
Later, photographers of the XIX° and early XX° century made stunning shots of the ghats.
There is an old picture of this ghat made around 1910 which is a key to a dream,
From the same place this was shot with the same angle and, in order to "dream more", the two minars which fell down during an earthquake are back in the frame...
The Eternal city offers endless dreams for anyone "In Search of Lost Time"...
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