Monday, 27 October 2008

The Taj Mahal

If love was a building it would be the Taj Mahal. Exaggeration? I don’t think so. If the tragic love story behind its construction won’t move you, then its beauty and majesty will certainly do the job.

Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was completed in 1648 and it’s an extraordinary example of Mughal Architecture. The materials used in the construction include white marble, jasper, crystal, jade, turquoise, lapis lazuli, safires and quartz. The structure consists of a Mausoleum, where Emperor Shah Jahan and his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal are buried, and a mosque.
The Emperor married Mumtaz Mahal in 1612 and fell irreversibly in love with her. Although he took two other wives as was custom he showed little interested in them. Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to his 14th son and the Emperor, grieve sick, began almost immediately the construction of the Taj as a tribute to his love.

The Taj Mahal is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1983.

The amazing card shown on this post was sent by seetas, from India.

Source: Wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. Essa história de amor comove-me sempre, e o Taj Mahal é simplesmente uma prova de amor no seu mais perfeito estado :)
    P.S. Estava tão absorta a ler os teus comentários aos postais que até comecei a escrever em inglês, mas depois não consegui soletrar comovida e desisiti, lol


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