In Taj Mahal and Agra fort, there is very nice work in marble. What you see in picture above is different colored (mostly marble of different type) chipped in to white marble to create beautiful flower patterns. This was done around 350 years ago. The photo above is taken inside Taj Mahal.
The photo below is also taken inside Taj Mahal. Near Mumtaz’s tomb.
Another photo inside Taj Mahal
The photo below is from Agra Fort, near Taj Mahal, India. This fort is also a must-see attraction in Agra.
In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire‘s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:
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.
Taj Mahal is very symetrical
Taj Mahal is around 225 feet tall. See the people on the platform for comparison
Beautiful carving in marble
Carvings in marble
My son enjoying Taj Mahal
Colored stone work is filled in to make it even more beautiful
Some more art
Munich airport, Germany, while coming back to the USA. So beautiful. My 7 year old gave me a tip about this beautiful scenery outside when I was busy reading some newspaper.
Photo with Pentax K01
The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque(સિદૂી સૈયદ ની જાળી), built in 1573(૧૫૭૩), is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. As attested by the marble stone tablet fixed on the wall of the mosque, it was built by Sidi Saeed or Sidi Saiyyed, an Abyssinian in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate.
The mosque was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated and is famous for beautifully carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif. This intricately carved lattice stone window is the Sidi Saiyyed Jali, the unofficial symbol of city of Ahmedabad and the inspiration for the design of the logo of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Lotus is considered a popular, divine flower in India but I have rarely come across them. This is probably as good as a lotus can be.
Photo with a Canon EOS-M and a manual Super Takumar 135mm lens.
Very talk gate. You can get an idea about the height by comparing to people who are standing next to it. A must-see attraction in India’s capital city, New Delhi
Photo with Canon EOS-M
Indian President’s house, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, India. Quite a building! Inside is even more beautiful but unfortunately, they don’t let you take photos inside!
Photo with Canon EOS-M