Ever since man began building structures and settling land, art has manifested itself in our architectural creations. Whether it be to celebrate or worship a God or Gods, a grand sculpture to bury a powerful leader or remember them by, or to show a culture’s dedication to specific values, our architectural constructions have led to some of the finest art this Earth has ever seen. The Taj Mahal and Palace of Versailles are two great examples of such art. By examining each of these individually, and then comparing and contrasting them, it will become clear that no matter how different looking these buildings may be, they still serve the same purpose to the civilizations that erected them.
Construction of Taj Mahal marks the most significant innovation to ever been carried out in ancient periods in Islamic empire. The construction began started in 1632, and took approximately 22 years to be completed (Islamic Empire, 2017). In the current world Taj Mahal has been modernized using similar design and measurements as used in ancient times. The dome from the ancient building to modern one is still 58 feet in diameter and the height of the guard towers are 162.5 feet standing 213 feet tall with the dome topped off with a gold ornament (Islamic Empire, 2017).
That event marked the beginning of a long construction process. Work on the temple stretched from years to decades until finally, 40 years after it was begun, the temple was completed and dedicated on 6 April 1893” (Abanes, 2003).
Since the catastrophe of the Twin Towers, Muslims have been perceived and treated as the “enemy.” Not only are Muslims in the United States facing this difficulty, but also the Muslims across the globe. They deal with verbal and physical abuse, as well as damaged and vandalized property. And on top of it all, they all live in constant fear. Many people in my life have gone through these hardships many times. Two years ago I was able to witness what being treated unjustly was like. The Imam (priest, preacher, religious leader) of my community is a very well-known and respected man across the state. In a span of a few years, he has made a name for himself. He is known for being incredibly generous, humble, and a great soccer player. Fourteen
The monument of the Tomb of Emperor Qin tells us about early Chinese religious beliefs and practices. The mound itself remains unexcavated except for some test trenches, but researchers believe it contains a vast underground funerary palace designed to match the fabulous palace the emperor occupied in life. It was not taken into account the seriously until the discovery of pits around the tomb filled with more than 6,000 life-size painted terracotta figures of soldiers and horses, as well as bronze horses and chariots. The terracotta army served as the First Emperor’s bodyguard deployed in perpetuity outside the tomb.
Given the historical significance of the devastation of Mount Vesuvius’ destruction of Ancient Pompeii, the cultural existence of this lost city lies buried within the remains of the ancient people and the context it brings through new data. To gain context of the lives lost, much of their history must be explored through the remains of Pompeii’s lost people by further observation of lesions on the bones and through analysis of dental caries or indicators of quality of health. Recent excavations and research of Pompeian skeletons through technological advancements has revealed, in greater detail, the health of the people – such as, with computer tomography scans they indicated they had almost perfect, white teeth from “low-sugar diet[s], rich in fruit and vegetables” and fluorine from their water (Fessenden 2015).
The majority of ancient Egyptian structures studied by architectural historians and planners alike, were erected to honor a pharaoh or as a grand tomb for their journey through to the afterlife. Whether the structure was in the form of a temple, tomb or statue, the ritual and spiritual influence is unquestionable. The location, scale, and materials used to construct these monuments are all defining factors of how the space is used and functions.
It has now been a full year since I began my position at Congregation Sinai. Thank you all again for an amazing first year. When I was interviewing I gave an adult education lesson on the destruction of the 2nd Temple. We have just completed the fast day Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) is the date given by our sages for the destruction of both Temples, so again it feels like I have come full circle.
extremism to a multi-pronged war. This tragedy brought hem closer to not having this happen The first tragic event that shows how people react to tragedy is the world trade center bombing. Some background of the event is that 6 were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. Research shows that a lot of people thought that it was the end, and that they were never going to recover. On Friday, February 26, 1993, Ramzi Yousef and a Jordanian friend, Eyad Ismoil, drove a yellow Ryder van into Lower Manhattan, and pulled into the public parking garage beneath the World Trade Center around noon. They parked on the underground B-2 level. This had been a different type of terrorist attack than before.
Historically, little is known about who exactly constructed the massive monument, or when or how it was constructed.
A monument's purpose is to commemorate a person or event that has had an influential or significant impact on a nation, or even the world. When memorializing something, certain factors need to be considered to have the structure or site "manufacture its own aura" (Source A). The size, materials used, and color of a monument are all important parts in creating a memorable experience for the visitors. Location and the way it works with the surrounding nature is another key factor when constructing a monument. Price is another element to consider. Finally, the message sent to the audience needs to be clear and powerful. The most important piece of building a monument is the emotional connection it creates with the audience. The impact that is
The Taj Mahal,which is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world, has been admired by many people but recently it has started a bit of a controversy. A legal case fought by six lawyers in Agra,claims that the famous monument built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife was initially an ancient Hindu temple/shrine. This case was accepted by the Agra Court,which calls for the ownership of the Taj Mahal to be transferred to Hindus as a place of worship,but this plan doesn’t run smoothly with the Muslims who have been using the mausoleum as a religious place, and giving the possession to Hindus will obstruct their religious rituals. Recently in Parliament,Dr Mahesh Sharma(India’s culture minister) stated that he was aware of the rising issue
She hired hundreds to build it, and sent messengers to Greece to find talented artists to decorate it. It was made of polished stone and marble, making it look beautiful and expensive. The base was approximately 36 meters by 30 meters, making it almost a square. The roof was held up by thirty-six columns. There was also a 24-stepped pyramid on top, and a four-horse marble horse was placed at the very top. The podium was decorated with many statues, and on one wall was covered with bas-reliefs showing action scenes. Bas-reliefs was a technique in sculpting in which the artist gives the impression that the sculpted material has been raised from a flat surface. The Mausoleum was built on a hill looking over the city with a courtyard surrounding the platform the tomb was built on. The total height was 140 feet tall, and the whole structure took three years to
The Taj Mahal is a prime example of India’s rich culture. A mix of Indian, Persian and Islamic characteristics, the two decade long project is a renowned “Wonder of the World” that boasts an emotional and romantic history; it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal era in a splendid tribute to his deceased wife. To this day, the Taj Mahal continues to be a famous landmark and cherished piece of Indian art.