WordPress Weekly Photo: Symmetry – The Taj Mahal

My love affair with the Taj  Mahal is legendary – I have written about it, at length, on this blog. I have done no less than five (yes 5) posts where it is the main attraction, or at least, mentioned with glowing language.

I think that The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful structure in the world. The great love story that led to its construction lingers in my imagination.

Taj Mahal Agra India
The dazzling Taj Mahal

The structure epitomises perfect symmetry; symmetry played an important role in its design:

Symmetry and geometric planning played an important role in ordering the complex and reflected a trend towards formal systematisation that was apparent in all of the arts emanating from Jahan's imperial patronage. Bilateral symmetry expressed simultaneous ideas of pairing, counterparts and integration, reflecting intellectual and spiritual notions of universal harmony. A complex set of implied grids based on the Mughul Gaz unit of measurement provided a flexible means of bringing proportional order to all the elements of the Taj Mahal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_and_architecture_of_the_Taj_Mahal#Symmetry_and_hierarchy 

You can see the bilateral symmetry illustrated in the plan of the complex below.

Taj Mahal schematicIMG_0636

In response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo theme of Symmetry – click on the link for other blogger’s interpretations of this theme.

Here are some of those bloggers:

  1. https://agent909.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/symmetry-from-africa-to-bali/
  2. http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/02/13/wpc-symmetry/
  3. http://fakeormistake.net/2015/02/13/fake-symmetry/
  4. https://suyashchopra.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/twin-peaks-in-san-francisco/
  5. https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  6. http://quarksire.com/2015/02/13/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  7. http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-the-sweethearts/
  8. https://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-staircase/
  9. https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  10. http://ambitiousdrifter.com/2015/02/14/natural-mathematics/
  11. http://100daysofsunshine.org/2015/02/14/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  12. https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

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