“Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”: Stone Tower (India’s Chand Baori)

It’s been awhile, huh? ^^;

Anyway, I stumbled upon this place and thought it looked much like the pre-temple Stone Tower (just replace the empty rooms with stairs).

So, first I’ll post the original:

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And here’s Chand Baori:

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“Tales of Xillia”: Kanbalar (Prague, Czech Republic~wintertime)

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Unfortunately, Prague doesn’t have any of those cool overhead bridges (as far as I know), but I’d say the general layout is pretty similar, which would be especially apparent if the pictures had the same lighting/angle.

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I would say one of the most famous capital cities is a great comparison already for the great kingdom of Kanbalar, housing the king of one of the two large nations in the game. If Prague were in the mountains instead of by the water, it would be perfecto.

It was rather hard finding good pictures of the kingdom, so I’ll do my best…

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With its snow-capped spires, cobblestone streets, and the romantic hue of its gas-lit street lamps, Prague is right out of a fairytale. - European Cities to Visit During the Winter

(Hopefully, this one isn’t blurry…)

And just like Kanbalar, the place even has its own castle:

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Unlike Kanbalar, however, it isn’t located up in the mountains. The interior is equally gorgeous:

Sorry, let me just geek out for a moment…

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Alright, we’ll finish off with what I assume to be a courtyard, which is very Kanbalar, in my opinion!

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As a bonus, here is Prague when it’s not snowing!

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“Final Fantasy X”: Zanarkand (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)

According to the Final Fantasy team, one major source of inspiration for Zanarkand was Samarkand (in more ways than just the name, of course)!

First, I’ll show you Zanarkand and then Samarkand:

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(Zanarkand in all its HD about to be destroyed majesty)

And now for Samarkand!

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So here we have the domes and the large square panels that we see in Zanarkand. Plus, there’s a hint of the cerulean that shows up more “futuristically” in Zanarkand as lights.

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So…it’s far sandier and more beige than the Zanarkand we know and love, but what it has that the game’s city lacks is intricate artwork and design:

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I see Zanarkand as Samarkand layered on, say, Dubai:

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This came from the top of my head, so there might be somewhere more fitting, but I’d say Dubai suits Zanarkand pretty well!

‘Till next time~!

“Doctor Who”: Gallifrey~(La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain)

Can I just say how perfectly this turned out? Solely because of this:

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and

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PURE COINCIDENCE! Je promets~

I stumbled upon this place accidentally (as I tend to do) and immediately thought of Doctor Who!

Before I go into detail, I’ll show you the exterior of both places:

Gallifrey:

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La Sagrada Familia:

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(http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/)

Replace the blue sky with orange, add a dome, etc. and I think the two looks rather similar! The Sagrada Familia is an unfinished church whose construction started in 1882 by Antoni GaudĂ­. Unfortunately, he could never finish due to his untimely death in 1926…

Luckily for the church, nine other architects resumed his work and it’s scheduled to finish in 2026!

It was actually the interior that made me think of Doctor Who… It sort of reminded me of the Tardis, actually.

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I really hope the quality comes out right…

more:

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(ceiling found on wikimedia)

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Ah, there are so many more lovely pictures to be found, but I shall leave that up to your googling prowess, dear readers~

See you next time!