Taj Mahal Minaret

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The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, 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 the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, 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. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.

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Comments (10)

Biplab Kumar Pal on July 2, 2012

Excellent shot ChiefTech, L1, best wishes from India, Biplab.

Ivan Logvinov on July 2, 2012

Dear Biplab! Thank you for you nice comment and praise!

Martin Beitz on August 5, 2012

Nice building. YSL. Well seen. Best wishes, Martin.

Ivan Logvinov on August 7, 2012

Thank you, Martin! It's very kind of you!

pembo on October 27, 2012

A very beautiful photo - L3!

Kind regards, pembo from Kiel

Ivan Logvinov on October 27, 2012

Thanks, pembo!

Algueró on March 20, 2013

Hermoso Minarete y muy bien fotografiado, me gusta (L). Cordiales saludos, Algueró

Ivan Logvinov on March 26, 2013

Dear Algueró, thanks a lot for your visit and comments!

Giannino Lux on March 29, 2013

nice shot of the minaret - L I K E - Happy Easter to you and your family - Gianni

Ivan Logvinov on April 1, 2013

Dear Gianni! Thank you for your kind words!

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Ivan Logvinov
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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 12, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ivan Logvinov
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2011/03/22 11:47:04
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/2500)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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