The Most Romantic Building in the World by jacqi

The Most Romantic Building in the World by 

The Taj Mahal: In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire’s period of greatest prosperity, was griefstricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their fourteenth child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, one year after her death. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. The tombs of the Shah and his wife are inside the central part of the mausoleum.
The white marble shimmers in the sun. The detail is incredible: all around the central archway is calligraphy that is scaled up toward the top so that it is still readable and seems the same size as that at the base despite the height. The four corner minarets slope outwards slightly so that, in case of collapse, they would not damage the central structure. Inside the mausoleum the intricate decoration uses dozens of different types of semi-precious stones: cornelian; jasper; agate; lapis lazuli etc
Today it stands in total contrast to the dirt and dust of frenetic Agra, a perfect and beautiful symbol of true love.
The Taj Mahal is a World Heritage Site

The scenery of Scotland, especially the Highlands where I have lived, in Inverness, for the past 35 years, is my passion but I love photographing many other subjects as well. I hope you enjoy any of my photographs that you buy and they give you as much pleasure to look at as I have in taking them. Thank you. Please note that I do NOT give permission to pin, post or use my images in any way and retain full copyright of them.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    one elluva image well done jacqi

  • Thanks so much Steve. It wasn’t that easy with a huge crush of photographers aiming for that central spot and a haze of foggy pollution spoiling the shot.

    – jacqi

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 5 years ago

    Fabulous light, reflections and composition Jacqi!!! You are so lucky to be able to travel to these places.

  • Thanks Deb. That’s probably our last holiday now that Iain isn’t too well.

    – jacqi

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured Jacqi, that ‘foggy pollution’ adds a sense of mystery…lovely lighting.
    Carol :0)

  • Thank you very much Carol & Kev

    – jacqi

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 5 years ago

    My Dad was stationed in India and Burma during the war and seeing this beautiful image reminds me of the B/W image he had in an old album….this is glorious my friend.

  • Thanks Pat. I’m glad it brought back memories for you my friend xxx

    – jacqi

  • swaby
    swabyover 5 years ago

    I have always loved images of this, yours is beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for that kind comment

    – jacqi

  • Sherrianne Talon
    Sherrianne Talonover 5 years ago

    Oh wow… just beautiful!

  • Thank you very much Sherri

    – jacqi

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 5 years ago

    Wow, such an awesome building. Very well captured work Jacqi

  • Thank you so much for that Thea

    – jacqi

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    Unbelievably beautiful capture Jacqi – one of the most photographed buildings in the world and you’ve done it as well as any I’ve ever seen!

  • Many thanks Lianne for that much appreciated comment

    – jacqi

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Such a tragic love story, but I wonder how many people had to starve to build this for his own pleasure.

  • Just the reverse I would think because he employed 40,000 people to build it and was apparently a much loved and respected king who was very tolerant and fair to the people.
    His son, on the other hand, was a very strict Muslim who imposed extremely hard laws on the people and imprisoned his own father in the Red Fort, where he could only gaze at the Taj, a mile away and think of his dead wife. They were reunited in death when he was entombed next to her body in the Taj.
    That building alone is responsible for a huge tourism industry employing thousands working in hotels, restaurants, transport, the gardens, taxis etc and therefore feeding thousands even today.

    – jacqi

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Jacqi .. this is incredibly beautiful … your capture is as lovely, as professional as possible!! magnificent!!!

  • Thank you so much Lois for the wonderful comment

    – jacqi

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