Another picture of the Tajmahal from a different angle.
Taj Mahal is the name of a monument located in Agra, India. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the son of Jahangir, as a mausoleum for his Persian wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz-ul-Zamani or Mumtaz Mahal. It took 23 years to complete (1630 - 1653) and is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture."Taj Mahal" is a shorter variant of "Mumtaz Mahal," the name of the woman it was built to commemorate. "Taj" is the Persian word meaning 'crown.' "Mahal" means 'palace' in Persian and in Arabic. This linguistic similarity could have stemmed from the influence of Persian language in the Indian society as well as Mughal empire. Typically the building is simply and evocatively referred to as The Taj.
The cusped arches and panel of flowers are missing their inlay, but the vegetal band around the flowers survives (or, perhaps, has been restored; it is not always easy to tell the difference). Also present is a vertical Koranic inscription. Calligraphy is made larger as the writing climbs up the building, so that all the letters appear the same size when seen from the ground. In keeping with the Taj Mahal's function as a funerary monument, Koranic quotations on the building refer to the delights of Paradise to come.
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pablominto (53744) 2005-12-09 4:41
An unusual angle for this famous piece of architecture! The greatness still there... Interesting composition with people leaving the picture framing that photo session... Good colours & details, well done!
rosaline (0) 2005-12-09 9:56
Very colourful picture here. I have visited this place and it's simply stunning. The angle is symmmetrical and the people in the frame add and extra dimension.
coco (30439) 2005-12-10 15:47
Good composition and colour here. The POV is good, with that colours and with the people crossing the picture.
It's a good work.
dodic (708) 2005-12-11 13:43
What a huge monumen. Very interesting creation in wonderful colours. Good angle to take a shot.
anew (582) 2006-02-26 0:01
This is a nice pov. It looks imposing and still magnificent. And one can see the details pretty good too.
Your notes are very educative. I didn't know that about the calligraphy. Thank you for that.
elegance (63) 2006-03-27 16:05
Hi friend nice picture i like your style .
isabela_sor (47609) 2006-03-28 3:41
Beautiful building and superb angle, the distortion here adds to accentuate the impressive aspect!Interesting picture,indeed,
All the best
mbaqir (441) 2006-04-27 3:59
Nice shot of the huge construction. Sharpness is missing. Did a workshop to enhance the color and make the look vertical. Hope you will like it.
anavazao (5592) 2007-07-19 15:31
A very romantic place!!! An excellent capture, the composition is so wonderful, the arqutecture is very interesting.
Take care Ana!
- Copyright: Pranab Banik (pranab) (5354)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1999-12-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Minolta 7Xi
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Architechtical pictures, Incredible INDIA, World Heritage Sites Part VIII, Tajmahal [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-09 4:32