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10. Leicester (4) A miscellany of locations and buildings - Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge and tow-path walk

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The splendid architectural addition to Leicester of the Jain Centre

The splendid architectural addition to Leicester of the Jain Centre. Jainism is an Indian faith followed by millions of people in India and migrant Jains in Europe, East Africa and North America. Jainism is a way of life is regulated by ‘non-violence’, vegetarianism and reverence for all life in action, and pluralistic in thought and a great care for the environment.

 

Detail of the carvings of the front of the Jain Centre, Leicester

Detail of the carvings of the front of the Jain Centre, Leicester. The Jain way of life has existed for over 2,500 years and some of the most striking achievements of Jains is in art and architecture. Jain temples, some of which are virtual 'temple cities' are the most beautiful of buildings ever constructed.

 

The Magazine Gatehouse

 

The turreted gatehouse from 1423 The statue of the ill-fated Richard III in Castle Gardens

The medieval Magazine Gatehouse is surrounded by modern day busy streets and main roads. It was the original main entrance to the Newarke. Not far away in Castle Park is the statue of the ill-fated Richard III in Castle Gardens. In 1485 he rode out of Leicester, as a crowned king, over Bow Bridge after spending the night at the Blue Boar Inn, but died at the battle of Bosworth Field and returned to Leicester as a naked corpse thrown across a horse!

 

The prettily painted bridge over the Grand Union Canal at Bow Bridge.

The prettily painted barges and bridge over the Grand Union Canal near Bow Bridge.

 

Castle Gardens overlooked by the tall spire of the Church of St Mary de Castro.

The lovely Castle Gardens overlooked by the tall spire of the Church of St Mary de Castro provide a 'quiet area' for the worker or tourist alike.

Canal walk, Leicester Canal walk, Leicester

Pleasant walking on the canal path just down from the De Monfert University.

Canal walk, Leicester Canal walk, Leicester

 

Index of LEICESTER pages De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * St Martin's Cathedral Church * Medieval Guildhall * Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * New Walk and Sculptures * Holy Cross Church * Museum & Art Gallery * Clock Tower, Sporting sculpture, Leicester Market, Town Hall, Highcross Shops * Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * Knighton Village * Great Central Railway * The Leicester King Richard III trail! *

 

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