A trip to the Taj Mahal – a slide show
This slideshow shows you the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The photographs of the Taj are taken from various distances and from different angles. The Taj in real life is sparkling white but you might notice that this doesn’t seem so in all the pictures and you can take it as a defect in the photograph. There are some photographs not of the Taj itself, but of the monuments around the Taj Mahal.
Information from the wiki:
The Taj Mahal (also “the Taj”) is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” The Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world.
Update: The Taj was built by the Mughals, and is made entirely of white marble. It was the Muslim Emperor Shah Jahan (died 1666 C.E.) who built this tomb, in memory of his dead wife, queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is said to have been constructed over a period of 22 years, employing twenty thousand workers. It was completed in 1648 C.E.
More: Theirs is indeed a very touching love story. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz fell in love at first sight when they were 15, married at 20 and were very much in love. She bore him 14 children. She died after giving birth to her 14th child at the age of 39. Shah Jahan was shattered, and according to popular history, this inspired him to build the Taj Mahal – in her memory.
(Photos were taken by my daughter and all images are copyrighted.