The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly one of the most famous wonders of the world, establishing himself as one of the most important monuments and most representative of the Mongolian architecture in India. The same is located in the city of Agra, a place where deep poverty that frames the area stark contrast to the new buildings that are being made, isolated product of wealth and opportunities offered by cheap labor of the place.
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Amid the bustle of groans, and shouts offerings, we find an oasis of peace and beauty that makes us forget (for a moment) the surrounding landscape, the Taj Mahal without being blinking dazzles us, letting us glimpse the magnificence and purity of building.
The group that makes up the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his second wife, the beloved Mumtaz Mahal. The museum boasts a complex of buildings and gardens arranged in a large rectangle of 580 by 305 feet square, the symmetry being the main protagonist in the whole design.
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But beyond the beauty that spreads the Taj Mahal, one can discover the love story behind the cold marble walls that surround it, thus forming one of the monuments chosen as the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Its construction began after the death of Shah Jahan’s favorite wife after giving birth to her fourteenth child, a fact that involved the emperor in a deep depression and therefore decided to pay more fantastic worship ever seen earth: a set of buildings that assimilate to paradise which would keep the body of his beloved, for all the eternity, to show their great affection and love.
The first building of the complex has the confluence of the income of the east-west and south arches topped by dark pink. Then there is an impressive gate called Darwaza nearly 30 feet high, composed of red sandstone reliefs and details that make it even more beautiful and impressive, symbolizing the passage from life to death, from the material to the spiritual life giving way to the famous mausoleum.
A large elongated pool invites us to raise our eyes toward the big white marble building is reflected in the calm waters that chair. The imposing dome crowns the symmetrical design tax based on square, decorated with four minarets large, arranged one at each corner of the site.
The Mausoleum is arranged on a square 55 meters long, with octagonal corners and covered with fine white marble in all its entirety, have the curious quality of being able to change color according to sun position, creating a big show of colors that surround the site. Its large onion shaped dome 35 meters is adorned by a crown representing floral motifs, culminating with an antenna crowned by the crescent represents Islam.
Inside are the bodies of lovers, resting in a deep peace eternally embraced by a number of walls that contain inscriptions and floral motifs made with precious and semiprecious stones, creating an atmosphere of mysticism and beauty come together to form this great construction.
Despite showing many luxuries inside the building, in times of yore the Taj Mahal was full of carpets, wealth, robes of pearls and gold candlesticks, all of which were looted over time, giving them up for lost forever.
Finally one notes a very important detail in the composition of the whole. This is based on a basic principle of the traditional design of the gardens are consolidated around the most important element in this case would be the Mausoleum. But this is on one end of the large garden. This is supported by the existence of a second Taj Mahal, but composed of black marble. He himself had been built by the Emperor to himself, projecting both buildings in the center of a vast garden and forming the most wonderful collection of buildings of the World.
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Obviously the construction of this new building would lead to the breakdown of government, so that Auranzeg, a son of the Emperor decided to lock him up and declared himself the new Emperor to see terrible blindness and delusion of his father, avoiding collapse and the decline of the government.
Despite all this, if the second Taj Mahal had been completed, the large set would have been the most amazing monument of history, linking mysticism, legend and love wrapped in a unique architecture!