India: Taj Mahal

In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the  Mughal empire period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child.  Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632.  The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal.  The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, and buildings under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.
(Thanks to Wikipedia.)
These are photos we bought for $2.00 apiece, with the exception of the group photo which the tour agency gave us for free.  I can’t imagine David building an edifice so grand for me.  Wow!

12 Responses to “India: Taj Mahal”

  1. NRIGirl Says:

    It strikes me with awe every time I see it – the Taj Mahal!

  2. Christine Says:

    no disrespect but no wonder she died after her 14th child!! Wonderful photos Gigi!

  3. DrumMajor Says:

    Pretty pics; glad to see you up and around a bit. Seems David can pick up the building with his hands. But what would you build for David, eh? Didn’t know about the 14 kids part of the story. Only need to have 12 more kids, Gigi, to find out what David would do! DrumMajor

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    A beautiful building for sure. Hope you feel better today. Dianne

  5. Arti Says:

    What wonderful shots! Am always thrilled to be there!! Well David might not build edifice resembling the Taj for you but he did all your work while you were down with flu, so we can give him the benefit of the doubt 😛

  6. L...w Says:

    Thanks for the background notes that you researched with every post. The Taj Mahal tour day must have been the epoch of the tour. Such splendor and beauty…especially the semi precious stones inlaid in marble…wow!!

    Glad you are feeling better.

  7. Kay's Musings Says:

    I think my son told me that the Shah nearly bankrupted the country to build the Taj and that his son finally imprisoned (confined?) him. He was kept in a room across from the Taj where he could look out the window and see the Taj. Therefore, I have a feeling David would be smarter than to bankrupt finances to build something quite that grandiose. I would sure love to see the Taj Mahal someday though. I just returned from Molokai so I’ll be catching up on your trip in a few days.

  8. Suzanne Says:

    I did not know the history of it. 14 KIDS!!!!! Wow!!!! I could not imagine.

  9. Grannymar Says:

    A monument is cold comfort when you are gone. Hang on to David!

  10. Mage B Says:

    This has been a wonderful trip for you…and for us your audience. Love the new earrings, and I am so sorry about the flu. Each and every history lesson has been appreciated. Thank you.

  11. Denise Says:

    Wonderful Gigi, such a magnificent place that I hope to see one day. When I was young my parents were given a small replica of the Taj Mahal, a gift from an Indian friend. I’ve been enthralled by its story ever since. Your trip to India is such an adventure. I’ve loved all these posts. Thank you!

  12. Linda Reeder Says:

    What amazingly beautiful, ancient and historic places you have seen on this trip!

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