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Prince Regent Royal Pavilion

Part of a set photographs of the Prince Regent's Royal Pavilion (also known as Brighton Pavilion).


Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, borrowing ideas from Indian architecture in the days when that region was still part of the British Empire.


Unlike the originals, the building's frame is Cast Iron - cutting edge technology at the time when the building was redeveloped by the architect are actually very small scale - much too small for an adult to fit inside. Like the shrunken higher up windows and tapering outline of the Senate House of London University, the reduction in size of the minarets adds to the illusion of scale.


The viewpoint (often used in picture postcards) is also deceptive. By perching the camera on the edge of a small (four paces by ten paces) ornamental pond, the false impression is created that the pavilion is adjacent to a huge lake.


There is an official Royal Pavilion website.


During Work War II, Adolf Hitler is famously claimed to have spared the Pavilion from bombing because he wanted to use it has his English headquarters. This is reputed to be based on statements by William Joyce, an American born German radio propaganda broadcaster (named Lord Haw-Haw by British listeners), statements presumably made to demoralise listeners into the belief that this outcome was inevitable. Brighton was bombed, however, so maybe the Luftwaffe just missed.


The individual pictures were taken with an iPhone cameraphone. The photostream has several versions of this montage with white/blue background variations, and also with and without "drop shadow" effects


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Taken on March 2, 2009