The Taj Mahal


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.

– Emperor Shah Jahan

I do not have much to say about the Taj Mahal except that if you have a chance, you should visit this monument that was built out of love.  It was allegedly constructed in honor of Emperor Shah Jehan’s third wife who died during the birth of her 14th child. Or at least that’s the story I heard.

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The entire structure has complex design elements to include sculpted marble, detailed carvings, inlay stones made of marble, jasper and jade, calligraphy made of jasper and black marble with inlaid white marble panels.  The details were absolutely amazing. Based on Islamic prohibitions of the time, the decorations are mostly simple and complex abstract forms and such as flowers, colorful designs or calligraphy.  It was truly a sight to behold.

 

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14 thoughts on “The Taj Mahal

    • You really do. Reminded me of going to the Grand Canyon. Something you see all of the time in print or on TV but nothing compares to actually visiting a place like this.

    • I should have commented on that. You either have to walk barefoot there or place the booties on. WIth 100-120 degree temps I did not want to go barefoot. Though they did have a carpet that ran the entire route. I was impressed with the care taken there.

        • They were not very effected and tore easily. However, I love the effort. So many places now have a complete disregard for amazing things and do not have rules. I was shocked at how people were tearing up ancient relics in Cambodia.

            • There were entire groups stepping over the ropes and walking across the already damaged grass. On top of the relic for the sunset view, people brought 6 packs of beer and were smoking and tossing their cigs.. so disrespectful.

            • Disgraceful ! I hate when I see garbage tossed into something that’s irreplaceable. I remember being shocked by that in Rome a few years ago in ancient sites. People just don’t have the respect they should.

  1. I was totally blown away by the size of the Taj Mahal. That can never be appreciated from looking at photos, you have to stand in front of this magnificent building to truly comprehend the size then look at all the detail that has gone into it. One of the wonders of the world. You have given us a lovely gallery of images

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