Here’s my impressions, or interpretation if you like, of the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Two images portraying day & night at The Taj.

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The Taj Mahal, from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces”, is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.- Wikipedia

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The Taj Mahal was not actually built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan himself, even though he gets the credit for it. It was built by Hindu slaves living under the Muslim ruler. The love story isn’t all that sweet after all.

More reflections here: dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/