Day 34, June 13: Taj Mahal

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Walking toward the entry of property…you eye first gets a glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal.

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Located just five minutes from the hotel, we visited the Taj Mahal – probably the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this striking mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India.  Photos tell the story.

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One of two balancing buildings aside the Taj — to balance weight and give balance. This one operates as a Mosque for Friday services by the few Muslims in Agra.
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The four minarets are actually tilted slightly, designed to fall outward in the event of a severe earthquake. One of the amazing engineering details here.
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Our group on Air Journey Around the World 2015.

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Many of  the stones have been robbed and yet the majority remain in place.

Later we visited a Marble Factory which gave us a deepened appreciation of the marble carving, the shaping of the semi-precious stones and inlay work done by the articians who decorated the Taj.  This factory replicated the artwork of Taj Mahal into various beautiful and useful pieces of art. The glue used as adhesive for the stones is a secret formula and hoped to be as durable as that used 400 years ago.    Sorry, no photos in show room! But you might see my 18″ marble inlay tray one day.

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2 thoughts on “Day 34, June 13: Taj Mahal

  1. Inge McManus says:

    Hi guys, I love following you around the world. The piggy’s look like they are having to much fun there on the balcony. Have they been drinking? All is well here at Great Lakes.

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