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The Taj Mahal

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 8 months ago

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*Kelsey Rector--Week 20-21: Muslim Empires and Asian Transitions IDs

 

The Taj Mahal--1ofthe7wondersoftheworld!

 

 

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  • Generally considered the finest and most famous example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian.

 

  • One of the seven wonders of the world. Its construction was ordered by Shan Jhan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

 

  • The complex is set in and around a large charbagh which is a formal Mughal garden divided into four parts but it was not completed according to some historians.

 

  • Its construction almost pushed the country into bankruptcy.

 

  • All together, there are surrounding buildings, a garden, base, dome, a finial--which used to be made of gold (until the early 1800's)but is now made of bronze, and four large minarets.

 

  • As pretty as it is outside, the inside is decorated magnificantly complete with calligraphy, abstract geometric decoration, and there are multiple rooms each with different specific purporses.


...the Taj Mahal!


 

...the Gardens!


 

...the finial!

 


SOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal

http://www.angelfire.com/in/myindia/tajmahal.html

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