Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Taj Mahal

You know Shah Jahan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrow of your heart? Let the splendor of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish? Only let this one teardrop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.
~ Rabindra Nath Tagore

I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at the Taj Majal, India. It was built in the 1600s by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife.

Taj Mahal Sunrise
by Christian Haugen

Near view of the Taj Mahal from the river Jumna, Agra
Photo by Robert and Harriet Tytler, 1858
The British Library, Europeana

Visitors at Taj Mahal
by Koshy Koshy

Stereoscopic photograph of the marble screen around the sarcophagus in the Taj Mahal
Photo by James Ricalton, c. 1903
from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India.

Watercolour of the interior of the Taj Mahal
by an anonymous artist working in the Agra style, c. 1808-1820

A distant view of the Taj Mahal, Agra
by an unknown photographer, 1870s

Taj Mahal
By Friar's Balsam, Christopher John SSF

Taj Mahal North Gate
by snikrap

* Google Earth view of Taj Mahal
* The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
* Mathematics of the Taj Mahal lesson plan

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