The Taj Mahal Essay

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The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a complex of astonishing visualization. People from all walks of life have a fascination with the Taj Mahal. No matter what nationality, preference of religion or lifestyle, people will be mesmerized by this breath taking complex. (Ahmed A. 1993). Scholars, Scientist Geologist, Historians, Poets, photographers, and painters all elaborated in discussion and contributed their opinions pertaining to this wonder of the world. Studies also have been conducted by geologist in the past and by historians as well. Although I never visited The Taj Mahal but I can honestly say in recent weeks my findings have triggered a desire to visit the complex one day. I will add this journey to my list of things to do. In this
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The Taj Mahal is in Agra India which is located north of India. The Construction started in 1630 and was completed in 1653. The main dome, above the central ball, rests on a central drum like shape which is surrounded by four octagonal towers each tower supports a smaller, domed shaped pavilion. The central inner dome is approximately 80 feet (24.4 meters) high, surrounded by a raised outer dome 200 feet (61 meters) high, providing a long smooth slim profile to the exterior. Located at the top of the central dome you will see a brass finial which sits 56 feet (17.1 meters) high. The complex is seating on and surrounded by 17 acres (6.9 hectares) of gardens with exotic plants trees and flowers. The trees are aligned symmetrical which provide a pathway along the canal (Neil Stevenson, 2007). One can describe Islamic architecture by its reliance on concise geometry, utilization of symmetry, balance and calligraphy. Calligraphy in the Muslim community is considered of the highest form of artistic expression and can be seen through out the Taj Mahal complex (Ahmed, A 1993). The calligraphy writings found on the Taj Mahal are derived from the Quran. The Taj Mahal’s calligraphy writings were stretched by the carvers in order to look more like patterns and maintain the symmetry found throughout the complex.
The Materials utilized for the construction of The Taj Mahal were white marble, red brick, rubble core, wood and metal dowels. The exterior only was
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