7 Wonders of the World Pictures, Taj Mahal, 7 Wonders of the World Names
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This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.
Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.
The final stop for the World Tour in 2006 and the close of the Asian segment was a lively, worthy tribute to the Taj Mahal, a symbol for love and passion.
This symbolism has a particular relevance now, as we approach the end of the year and a period of togetherness and festivities in many parts of the world – in his brief comments in front of the Taj Mahal, Bernard Weber noted that the qualities of love and passion are two much needed in our world today.
Love brings us together as a community, while passion gives our lives meaning. The Taj Mahal, breathtakingly beautiful in the afternoon sun, stands majestically as a monument to human emotions.
The certificate of candidacy was handed to Mr. D. K. Burman, who accepted it on behalf of Mr. Kokab Hameed, Uttar Pradesh’s Minister of Tourism.
The ceremony at the Taj Mahal featured lovely Indian dancers and was attended by many journalists as well as Indian fans of New7Wonders, some of whom had travelled great distances to be a part of this special celebration.
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.
In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures.
The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.
The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.