Thursday, February 12, 2015

# 123 Taj Mahal


"Today we rise early to view a sight unlike any other in the entire world: early morning at the Taj Mahal.

This grand edifice, built by Shah Jahan from 1631 to 1653 to enshrine the remains of his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, took 20,000 workers to build.  We walk into the inner chambers of this renowned “monument to Love,” and seek out several vantage points to see the magnificent play of light.  The semi-translucent white marble is inlaid with thousands of semi-precious stones in beautiful patterns and the building has four identical faces, a perfect exercise in symmetry.  It’s truly a wonder of the world!

Later in the morning we visit the sprawling Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River.  This immense fort and place were the seat of power for four generations of Mughal emperors; they pulled all of northern India from the early 16th century until the consolidation by British colonial rule in the early 1800s.  Agra Fort’s architecture is an almost perfect fusion between military might and lavish beauty."

From OAT

Dhanyavaard for reading #123 of 7777.

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