I had the idea that the Taj Mahal was just a single structure sitting alone in the middle of an Indian city. I should not have been surprised then, to see that it is a whole complex! It is large and vast, just like the country itself.
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.
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.
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This post is inspired by one the trending topics on Twitter today – #10thingsilove.
Some tweets were funny, others nonsensical, some were cute and romantic.
Let’s see if I can count to 10:
- Girl Saturdays with my friends, starting with brunch, trawling the shops, and ending with afternoon tea and cake.
- My morning soya cappuccino.
- Music radio in morning traffic.
- My coffee machine.
- M.A.C. Blotting powder.
- Hot summers, highveld thunderstorms and perfect autumns.
- The smell of wet earth after a rainstorm.
- Wooden houses, pressed ceilings and wide wrap-around verandas.
- Wriggling into soft beach sand so that it takes the shape of my body thereby providing the perfect support.
- Lying on my back on a sun-warmed stone floor during a summer sunset.
- The Taj Mahal.
Once upon a time there lived an emperor, Shah Jahan, who so loved his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, that when she died he built a huge monument in her memory, as her final resting place. Evidence of their love endures today – the Taj Mahal.