About the Author
‘Published the world over with many children’s books to her credit, author and freelance writer Sreelata Menon is a history buff who writes on anything and everything. She especially enjoys introducing children to the rich cultural and historical heritage of our remarkable past, and capturing their imagination with her words. She believes that only through knowledge of their inherited legacy can children be inspired to make a viable future for themselves. Like any building that stands tall the foundation needs to be strong, firm – and yes informed.
The famous Red Fort in Delhi was originally white.The 800 year old Minaret of Jam is made entirely of baked bricks. The roofs of the Sydney Opera House are covered in 1,056,006 tiles. The Istana Nurul Iman Palace in Brunei has 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms. Humans have not stopped building since they learned how to, and this book takes you on a fun and fact-packed tour of the architectural masterpieces and curiosities people have built across continents and centuries. From ancient monuments to lofty sky-kissing modern marvels, from technical feats to the fabulously fanciful, from rich royal residences to sacred spiritual places, it covers forts and castles, palaces and pavilions, museums and libraries, lighthouses and clocktowers, offices and work spaces, and many more unusual buildings that will make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’! With bite-sized text, quirky illustrations and photographs, this well-researched book gives you an informative and entertaining peek into of the most talked-about man-made structures worldwide. What are you waiting for? Step into the 501 facts Factoryto see the most fascinating line-up of the most brilliant buildings ever.