The Taj Mahal

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

© flickr.com - Koshy Koshy/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Koshy Koshy/cc-by-2.0

The Taj Mahal (“crown of palaces”, also “the Taj”) is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

© Yann/cc-by-sa-3.0 Taj Mahal, seen from the opposite side of river Yamuna © David Castor Great Gate © Mayur Porwal/cc-by-sa-3.0 Entrance gate to the Taj Mahal complex © flickr.com - Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-2.0 Great Gate © flickr.com - Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-2.0 © flickr.com - Koshy Koshy/cc-by-2.0
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Entrance gate to the Taj Mahal complex © flickr.com - Dennis Jarvis/cc-by-2.0
In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.

Read more on Wikivoyage – Agra and Wikipedia Taj Mahal (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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