Monday, April 12, 2010

Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Malaysia

Architecture can be beautiful and a thing to love. Nothing is more powerful than love and expressing love in architecture is divinely romantic. However, love and tragedy are reoccurring themes to this castle.

Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Malaysia

(image credits:wikipedia,WrldVoyagr,cuti,mutiarahidup,malaysia4holiday)
Kellie’s Castle is Malaysia’s oldest castle and built for love by Scottish planter William Kellie Smith for his wife Agnes Smith. She missed home tremendously and had also blessed him with a son. Construction began in 1915, combining three architectural styles – Greco-Roman, Moorish, and Indian. A Spanish flu epidemic killed most of the 70 Indian construction workers. Kellie Smith built a Hindu temple near the castle to please the Indians and to restart construction. Kellie Smith left for England to fetch a lift for the castle tower, but he died shortly thereafter from pneumonia. Construction on the castle built for love was left uncompleted. The castle ruins are rumored to be haunted.

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