Religious Places

California: The Vedanta Temple

One of the bay area’s most unusual structures, the Vedanta Temple is an eclectic combination of a host of divergent decorative traditions. The roof is crowned by a rusty red onion-shaped dome similar to those seen on Russian Orthodox churches. It also has a tower resembling a crenellated European castle, and an octagonal Hindu temple cupola. Other architectural features include highly decorated Moorish arches, medieval parapets and elements of Queen Anne and Colonial styles. It was built in 1905 by the architect Joseph A. Leonard,

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