Sunrise over the Taj Mahal by David Alexander Elder


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The sun breaks through the mist over the Yamuna River and the Taj mahal in Agra, India.

The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”

Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Although Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.


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I’m a Scottish Photographer, Painter and Digital Artist that specializes in Landscapes, Nature, Sunlight and Color.

Tuition at Glasgow School of Art has helped me capture and share my translations of nature’s soul via visual representations of light and color.

What is more inspiring and humbling than watching the sky break like an egg into a full sunset as the water catches fire below it.

Enjoy and Immerse.

David Alexander Elder

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  • Maxwell Campbell
    Maxwell Campbellover 1 year ago

    Sensational David, superb image mate

  • Thanks Maxwell it was quite a view that morning.

    – David Alexander Elder

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 1 year ago

  • Thanks for the feature Dominika.

    – David Alexander Elder

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    absolutely magical! great colours!

  • Thanks Irina

    – David Alexander Elder

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks Albert

    – David Alexander Elder

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 1 year ago


  • Thanks mate

    – David Alexander Elder

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotover 1 year ago

    Very nice image David

  • Cheers Noel

    – David Alexander Elder

  • RayDevlin
    RayDevlinover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work David – very atmospheric!

  • Thank you Ray

    – David Alexander Elder

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 1 year ago

    Brilliant work! Very beautiful and moody! Love this!

  • Glad you like it Pat

    – David Alexander Elder

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 1 year ago

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 1 year ago


  • Thanks Laurie

    – David Alexander Elder

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