Saturday, February 17, 2007

Photo Hunters Saturday February 17 - 2007

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Taj Mahal
in Agra, India is considered one of the modern worlds wonders. Most people know the Mausoleum from outside. Therefore I have choosed to present a decoration detail from the main entrence. It consist of several panels.
Each panel has been carved through with intricate piercework. The remaining surfaces have been inlaid with semiprecious stones in extremely delicate detail, forming twining vines, fruits and flowers. Here you see flowers. The stones were brought to Taj Mahal from several parts of the world.

Facts about Taj Mahal from Wikipedia:

The Tāj Mahal (Urdu: تاج محل‎, Hindi: ताज महल) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān commissioned it as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648. Some dispute surrounds the question of who designed the Taj; it is clear a team of designers and craftsmen were responsible for the design, with Ustad Isa considered the most likely candidate as the principal designer.[1]

The Taj Mahal (sometimes called "the Taj") is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as a "universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
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Blogger Eagles Wings said...

That is pretty cool, you never think about the intricate detail built that early 1632…that’s pretty awesome!
Thanks for stopping by my antique!

February 17, 2007 11:05 pm  
Blogger Mitey Mite said...

Wow! I started with the Taj Mahal detail, and had to read all the way down. What interesting posts you have!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you did, because now I've found yours.

February 18, 2007 1:35 am  
Blogger Pamela said...

Love your unique choice for the theme "antique". Very interesting reading about the Taj mahal too. That is really going back some...1632. Amazing! :)

February 18, 2007 1:53 am  
Blogger PEA said...

You know, the Taj Mahal is something I've heard of often but I've never looked into what it really means or I know:-) This is so very interesting and I love how intricate the patterns are with the stones!! Thanks so much for visiting me! Hugs xo

February 18, 2007 1:59 am  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

I really love your take on this week's theme. Very well done and thank you for visiting me. I hope you have a most joyous week ahead.


February 18, 2007 2:04 am  
Anonymous Ma said...

That's awesome! Thank you for sharing this. When I was working for the Peace Corps in the 60's, I met someone from Nepal. His name was Bishnu Chitraka.

Thanks for stopping by.

February 18, 2007 2:26 am  
Blogger Daisy said...

That is very beautiful. What craftsmanship!

Thanks for visiting! Meow.

February 18, 2007 2:29 am  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

That's very beautiful. A great work of art. I love the intricate details and the the stunning stones. It is a grand display of dedication to the arts. Thanks for visiting me earlier.

February 18, 2007 2:40 am  
Blogger Linda said...

I never knew the Taj Mahal was that old! And the detail is just amazing! Thanks for the beautiful picture and the history behind it!

February 18, 2007 2:41 am  
Anonymous Barbara H. said...


February 18, 2007 3:00 am  
Anonymous superkimbo said...

One of the places I have always wanted to go! Thanks for sharing a glimpse at the inside!

February 18, 2007 3:16 am  
Blogger Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i too, read all the way down! very nice the kitties!

smiles, bee

February 18, 2007 3:36 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

"The Taj" is something I would love to see someday. Thanks for the peek inside.

February 18, 2007 3:42 am  
Anonymous eph2810 said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for showing us such a beautiful picture of the Taj Mahal. I hope that one day my Sweetheart and I can travel the world. I know that we would for certain stop in India :)...

Have a wonderful Sunday.

February 18, 2007 3:44 am  
Anonymous Lisa said...

This is beautiful detail, and something that I've never seen of the Taj Mahal. You shared some wonderful background information too. I can't begin to imagine how they constructed such a building.

February 18, 2007 3:46 am  
Anonymous Leslie said...

Beautiful photograph and interesting choice for "antique." It certainly fits!

February 18, 2007 5:30 am  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

definitely a cool place to have visited! Thanks for the wonderful comment and you know Switzerland also has some Unesco world heritage sites too.. (just let me take a few years to I'm tired and need to sleep soon, got to swim in the morning too.. (a meet/competition)

February 18, 2007 5:32 am  
Anonymous ghee said...

Oh yeah,Taj Mahal..i really wanna visit the place someday..who knows? ;)

Happy weekend,Tor and to your Anna ;)

February 18, 2007 8:21 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

I haven't seen it YET (!) but it's on my list. I first understood it were your entrance ! and wanted to congratulate for your good taste !

Word verification today :
h o u r s !

February 18, 2007 8:52 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

The Taj Mahal is the most famous monument to love in the world. A fantastical effort in architecture.

February 18, 2007 8:58 am  
Blogger Caylynn said...

Beautiful! :) You are correct - most of us are very familiar with the outside of the Taj Mahal, as well as its story/history, but not many of us have seen the inside. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo of the interior decoration with us. :) The Taj Mahal is such an incredible tribute to love!

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. :)

February 18, 2007 9:13 am  
Anonymous pat said...

Beautiful!!! And thanks for the info about the Taj Mahal. I would love to see it one day.

February 18, 2007 9:26 am  
Blogger RennyBA said...

A great and very readable post Tor - thanks for sharing!
Wishing you a wonderful Fastelavens Sunday:-)

February 18, 2007 10:07 am  
Blogger Waspgoddess said...

Very refreshing and interesting look at such a familiar building. I had a look at the other photos as well, and particularly loved the little monkey -- so cute!

Thanks for visiting, and lovely to hear from a fellow Scandinavian.

February 18, 2007 10:51 am  
Blogger GEWELS said...

How I wish I could see this fabulous tribute. I'm sure it is absoluely magnificent. The photo of the detail work is striking.
Thanks for this little tour.
Thanks for visiting mine.
Happy Sunday

February 18, 2007 1:35 pm  
Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Beautiful. Though it must have been most stunning to see it in real life. not to say overwhelming maybe.

I doubt that I'll ever will see the Taj since it's in India, one of the places I actually don't have on my travel list.

Mostly beceause of the risk for deseases since I always seem to catch them, but also because there is too many other places to go! *lol*

February 18, 2007 4:08 pm  
Blogger Lux said...

I biggified the picture so I could see it better, and it's quite amazing ... 1648 - wow!

February 18, 2007 4:47 pm  
Blogger Vader's Mom said...

That's beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing.

February 18, 2007 7:02 pm  
Blogger mar said...

Beautiful. That's one place I want to visit before I am too old to travel... :)

February 18, 2007 9:23 pm  
Blogger Sunflower said...

That is such a beautiful antique!

Thanks for stopping by my Sunflower blog!Welcome back any time.

Have a nice weekend!

I will Exercise for Comments!

February 18, 2007 10:16 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...


Thank you all for overwhelming comments.And I'm very happy so many of you got new insight into the history behind Taj Mahal. That story is what I call a true Valentine act.

Next years Valentine-gift: A Marzipan copy of Taj Mahal, and a tiny booklet with the essence of the story.

Someone know a producer to make it?
10% commission to the Photo Scavenger Community;D.

February 19, 2007 9:57 pm  
Anonymous kris said...

that is a lovely art deco..I love it! your info. is helpful as well ;)

February 20, 2007 8:29 am  

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