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arumugam57
11-17-2003, 12:51 PM
Mumtaz and Shahjahan were married in 1612 AD had 14 children together. The Empress Mumtaz used to accompany her husband in his military campaigns, and it was in Burhanpur in 1630, that she gave birth to her last child, after which she died. So great was the Shah Jahan's love for his wife Mumtaz, that he ordered the building of the most beautiful mausoleum on Earth for her, The Taj Mahal. As soon as construction work began in early 1630, sculptors, masons, craftsmen, and calligraphers were called from Persia, Ottoman Empire and Europe to work on construction of the Taj. The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises of five main elements: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha or garden, the Masjid or mosque, the Naqqar Khana or rest house, and the Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum. The actual Tomb of Mumtaz is situated inside the Taj. The unique moghal style architecture combines elements & styles of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Most striking are the black and white chessboard marble floor, the four tall minarets (40 m high) at the corners of the structure, and the majestic grand dome in the middle. On closer inspection, the lettering of the Holy Quran verses around the archways appear to be uniform. The lettering spacing and density has been customized to give this impression to the viewer. The impressive pietra dura artwork includes geometric elements & style, plants & flowers, which are common in Islamic architecture. The level of sophistication in artwork includes a 3 cm decorative element containing more than 50 inlaid gemstones.

vedha79
11-17-2003, 06:49 PM
hi arumugam that's a great info. about Taj Mahal. just thought that if there was a picture it would be good....


http://www.tourismofindia.com/ei/images/tajmahal.jpg

vedha79
11-17-2003, 07:10 PM
[left:117c2b7504]http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/taj_mahal/images/taj_page_pix/taj_screen.jpg[/left:117c2b7504]
INTERIOR OF TAJ MAHAL MAUSOLEUM

[right:117c2b7504]http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/taj_mahal/images/taj_page_pix/taj_arch_callig.jpg[/right:117c2b7504][align=right:117c2b7504]TAJ MAHAL ENTRANCE GATEWAY[/align:117c2b7504]

Shy
11-17-2003, 08:28 PM
To know everything... have a look ....

http://www.tajmahaltours.com/history-of-taj.htm

Shy

vennai1
11-17-2003, 09:10 PM
wish i could see this work of grandeur in person some day ... :pray: