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A tower can also be a religious symbol. The pyramidal towers of Hindu temples represent the mythical Mount Meru at the center of the universe, and the spires of Gothic churches seem to reach toward the Christian heaven. In modern, crowded cities such as New York and Hong Kong, towering apartment buildings save on space by housing the maximum number of people in the smallest area. CALL TO PRAYER Islamic mosques usually have at least one minaret – a tall, slim tower topped by a balcony. At set times each day, an official called a muezzin climbs the minaret to call the faithful to prayer.

This porch in Georgia is given extra character by the circular tracery that fills the gaps between its wooden uprights. Beneath the broad canopy of this porch in Hartford, Connecticut, there is plenty of space for a family to work or relax. One end is glazed for shelter from the wind, with panes of glass set in a pattern that echoes the woodwork. Finishing touches A    the finishing decorative EGYPTIAN LOTUS The plants and flowers growing in and around the Nile River were a source of great inspiration for ancient Egyptian builders.

Here you can see workers carrying stone to the masons, using wooden hods and wheelbarrows. This material was often carried up a partially completed staircase in the tower. Another method was to use a simple hoist with a rope and pulley, which is shown rigged up inside the tower. The wooden platform shown on one wall gave builders access from the outside. 37 DEFENSIVE MEASURES Castle towers were usually built as a defensive measure. Many have embrasures, small openings near the top of the tower, from which the inhabitants could fire at enemies.

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