Taj Mahal

by Kambiz Rahmani August. 16, 2010 4848 views

In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan's grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:

Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.

The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian architecture and earlier Mughal architecture. Specific inspiration came from successful Timurid and Mughal buildings including; the Gur-e Amir (the tomb of Timur, progenitor of the Mughal dynasty, in Samarkand), Humayun's Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb (sometimes called the Baby Taj), and Shah Jahan's own Jama Masjid in Delhi. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, and buildings under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.The official website of the Taj Mahal is www.tajmahal.gov.in.

for more information : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal [en.wikipedia.org]

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Pedro Pinho 10 years, 8 months ago

Would love to go there and see it with my eyes! Good photo my friend! :)

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Sara G 10 years, 8 months ago

Perfect shot, beautiful!

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Christa 10 years, 8 months ago

One of the most beautiful buildings in the world!

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David Swatton 10 years, 8 months ago

My all-time favourite building. Nice shot.

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Ricardo 10 years, 8 months ago

superb! ;)

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Livelovelaugh 10 years, 8 months ago

It's fantastic! :)

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Giancarlo Fosci 10 years, 8 months ago

very nice shot

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