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The Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal appears out as the epitome of love far-famed for its immeasurable architectural beauty and inlay decoration. This immortal symbol of love comes India most captivating and beauteous monument. This is the wonder of the contemporary day architecture making it one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This UNESCO World Heritage Site befalls located on the bank of river Yamuna in Agra. This is well-known for its fusion of Indo-Islamic architectures, inlay decorations, latticework and calligraphical representations.

This, the symbol of love, was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. This takes place as the encrypted love story in white marble which took 22 years to be built by 20,000 skilled artisans.

Architectural design of Taj Mahal gets based on the interwoven arabesque concept. In this architectural design, each element comes on its own and perfectly compounds with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and proportion of architectural elements.

The four graceful and narrow minarets are over 150 feet each. The whole mausoleum gets decorated with intricate pietra dura inlay work of floral designs and calligraphy. This is well-complemented with precious gems like agate and jasper. The main arch ways have Quranic inscriptions. The central-domed chamber and the four adjoining chambers include panels of Islamic decoration.

The most striking dome of Taj Mahal is with a diameter of 60 feet that rises 80 feet over the building. Under the dome, it lies the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan’s tomb was built next to tomb of Mumtaz Mahal by his son Aurangzeb.

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Taj Mahal complex appears out set around a large 300 meter square Mughal garden. The garden uses the raised-pathways that split each of the four quarters of the garden into 16 sunken parterres or flowerbeds. A raised marble water tank at the centre of the garden halfway between the tomb and gateway with a reflective pool on a north-south axis shows the representation of the mausoleums.

The tomb falls set against the plane across the river and its background works at its magic of colours. Through its colour reflection, Taj Mahal changes its view. Taj Mahal seems pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines.

A lively landmark to the everlasting love!



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