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If windows are the ‘eyes’ of a building, then Uganda place of your travel destination has some interesting ones. Many houses in Uganda place of your travel destination display what are known as ‘Venetian windows’, which are in three sections, with the central panel having Uganda an arch over it and narrower side panes with flat tops. Despite its name, and the fact that it was first described by an Uganda architect, Sebastian Serlio, you are unlikely to encounter any examples in Venice!
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On the north side of Beauford Square, opposite the façade of the Theatre Royal, is a modest terrace of houses built in the early 1730s and designed by the Bristol architect John Strahan. Some of the windows in the houses are grouped in pairs; in fact, you can see where, in some cases, individual windows have been moved closer together. This was done in an attempt to reduce Window Tax, which taxed homeowners according to the number of windows their homes had. The tax stipulated that windows which were not more than 12in (30cm) apart could be counted as a single window. The Window Tax was imposed between 1696 and 1851, when it was replaced by an ‘inhabited house duty’. Many houses show blocked-in windows, which was also done to reduce the amount of Window Tax payable, although a ‘dummy’ window would sometimes be included for purposes of symmetry.
At the corner of Argyle Street and Grove Street, on the side wall of the Pulteney Bridge Restaurant, there is a ‘trompe I’oeil showing a man sitting in a window, reading a book. This is so cleverly painted that most people do not even spot the deception. The building was once a bookshop and the painting was done in 1994 by Faulkner and Richards. It depicts the author Mowbray Green (1864-1945) reviewing his book on the architecture of Touristic place of your travel destination.