Tuesday, September 2, 2008

THE TAJ MAHAL - Agra, India


An elegy in marble!

The Taj Mahal, one of the world's most beautiful buildings, was scheduled to be torn down in the 1830s so that its marble facing could be removed and shipped to London for sale by auction to the landed English gentry. Wrecking machinery was moved into the garden grounds and work about to begin when word came from London not to proceed. The first auction of marble facades of Indian monuments and edifices had been a failure, and it would not be worth it to tear down the two-hundred-year-old mausoleum.


13 comments:

The Man Under the Mango Tree said...

One of the unique qualities of the Taj Majal lie in the contrast between the white marble facade of the mausoleum and the red sandstone of the surrounding buildings...
Built by Shan Jahan in honor of his beloved consort Arjunand Banu Begum (Mumtaz Majal)"crown of the palace."

Ria said...

A place I definately want to go before I die. Magical!

Bingkee said...

I love the story behind this.

eripples said...

Hi i love taj mahal. i have always been baffled by its majestic structure.

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Ramon3381@yahoo.com said...

Sori for the long absence. I was on leave for a week! I have to go through another way to get to your blogspot. We have a new server and kind of filtering personal traffics.

I love to see Taj Mahal. My Indian colleagues are always inviting me to see it.

Bay Martin said...

@ The Man Under A Tree

An expression of the man's undying love to his wife!

Bay Martin said...

@ Ria

My Indian colleague gave me a replica of the palace, also made of marble. It's awesome. I've been dreaming to see the place, too! Someday, somehow I'll get to see it.

Bay Martin said...

@ Bingkee

It's a great love story! No one can fathom the depth of the Shah's love to his wife.

Bay Martin said...

@ Eripples

And it is very interesting, too! I would love the opportunity to experience the long journey to the palace.

You are always welcome!

Bay Martin said...

@ Monching

We have a new server, too, and all messages are being filtered now. Any taboo words are prohibited, anything to do with terr....sm... is being censored, etc.

When do you plan to go to Agra? We can go together.

jazzy said...

some women got diamonds...but only one woman received the Taj mahal...
she's so blessed!!!!

of course i love to visit her someday!!

Bay Martin said...

Yes, I love to see the palace, too! You, Ka James, and I can work a plan to visit Agra. Ka James can make a side trip to the place where his relatives live. What do you think?

rajah ramon chetong said...

May magpapagawa kaya para sa akin ng isang palasyo tulad ng Taj Mahal ngekkk!!!