What is the Taj Mahal? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:33

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The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for more reasons than just being breathtaking beautiful.

 

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It's the history of the Taj Mahal that's so magnificent. A history so full of love and loss. The story behind the Taj Mahal is an example of how deeply a man loved his wife, that even after she was gone her memory lived forever in the form of a great monument.

 

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Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was head-over-heels in love with Mumtaz Mahal, his second wife. When Mumtaz unexpectedly died in 1631 while giving birth to their 14th child, Emperor Shan locked himself in his chamber for months. When he finally appeared for the first time, months after her death, he announced that he would build a monument in her memory. Apparently Mumtaz's dying wish was for Shan to 1. Love all his kids equally. 2. Never marry again. and 3. Build a memorial for him. Not too demanding at all, right?

 

It would be called the Taj Mahal (Taj meaning Crown and Mahal meaning Palace). - made out of white marble.

 

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An epitome of love, over 22,000 laborers from Persia spent 22 years building it. The monument was built entirely out of white marble, which was brought in from all over India and central Asia.

 

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Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz's tombs are centered directly below the main dome of the Taj Mahal today, laying side by side - his tomb is slightly higher than hers because he was king afterall.

 

One of the Seven Wonders of the World is a classic love story that shines on for generations to see. Breathtaking beautiful.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:10
 

Comments  

 
# Amy 2011-10-12 05:44
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It is almost like being there with you and the photos are amazing.. :lol:
 
 
# sarah 2011-10-12 06:21
Loving the pictures. Beautiful! Love the photo of your family on the last post
 
 
# Marinka 2011-10-12 08:39
Gorgeous. I'm pretty sure my husband would be dating within a few weeks. Now I'm mad at him.
 
 
# Sarah L. 2011-10-12 09:19
What a cool story...I never knew the meaning behind it. I love seeing your photos! Living vicariously through you and your family...
 
 
# Loukia 2011-10-12 10:02
That's the best push present, ever.

Seriously, though. The love story behind this great monument is amazing, isn't it? Great pictures, P.
 
 
# Omar 2011-10-19 16:15
so true
 
 
# Kelly 2011-10-12 10:57
This is such a beautiful building and a great love story. To be loved that much must be amazing.
 
 
# Allyson 2011-10-12 11:02
Awesome photos. This is a dream trip for me. I'm living through your travels and enjoying what you've posted thus far! Looking forward to more :)
 
 
# Jessica B. 2011-10-12 11:08
Wouldn't it be amazing to say you saw all 7 wonders of the world? Love the story as I didn't know the history.
 
 
# polwig 2011-10-12 11:09
Wow... looks amazing... was it really crowded? Do you have any inside photos to share...

btw I can't believe you have time to blog while there, jet lag?
 
 
# Beth 2011-10-12 11:13
Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Have you read the book Beneath A Marble Sky? It is historical fiction about the building of the Taj Mahal. It is a beautiful love story. Can't wait to see more pictures!
 
 
# Daniella 2011-10-12 13:05
What a beautiful love story... Great phooa also.
 
 
# Marta 2011-10-12 13:27
It is so remarkably beautiful. I hope one day to see it myself!
 
 
# Jessica 2011-10-12 13:38
Thank you so much for once again letting me "travel" with you :)
 
 
# Renny 2011-10-12 14:49
Aw, you're in India! How amazing!
 
 
# Elaine 2011-10-12 15:46
It's like a fairy tale. :)
 
 
# kakaty 2011-10-12 19:19
How in the world are your photos so void of people? Every other person's shots of the Taj Mahal are full of crowds in the foreground. I can imagine all that white marble is breathtaking.
 
 
# Jamie 2011-10-12 20:26
I never knew that!!! How cool!
 
 
# Laura 2011-10-12 20:37
Thanks for sharing your trip!! How exciting!! I'm jealous!!!
 
 
# Pamela 2011-10-12 20:38
I am so happy that you are sharing this amazing journey with us.
Namaste
 
 
# Beth 2011-10-12 21:16
What a beautiful story. Enjoying living vicariously through you!
 
 
# Managed Chaos 2011-10-13 07:39
The Taj Mahal was one of my husband's favorite stops on his India trip. It's amazing that someone would create such an elaborate memorial like that out of love.

Can't wait to see photos from your upcoming shopping expedition.
 
 
# Hannah Pratt 2011-10-13 09:25
So beautiful and so much about the Taj Mahal I never knew about. Simply amazing.
 
 
# Rhea 2011-10-13 10:35
Better love story than Twilight. hehe Love it!
 
 
# Kari 2011-10-13 15:33
Looks amazing. Adding it to the list of places I must visit in person.
 
 
# Kim from 3 peanuts 2011-10-14 17:03
beautiful. so glad you got to visit:)
 
 
# DE Heather 2011-10-14 19:36
amazing photos-looking forward to visiting India through your eyes.
 

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