A Visit To A Place of Historical Interest
Last month I had the fortune of visiting Agra. It is a historical city, that was built by the Moghul Emperors. The chief attraction of this place is the beautiful Taj Mahal. This marvel in marble is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. It stands on a marble platform on the banks of the river Jamuna. It was built by the Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The basement of this mausoleum contains the graves of Shahjahan and his wife. There is another set of false graves on the ground floor of this tomb. These graves are surrounded on the three sides by a marble partition which has filigree work done on it. The two sets of graves are decorated with “Pietra dura’ and Quranic verses. Similar work can be seen on the facade of the Taj Mahal These works on the facade of the Taj are interspersed with geometric designs, which were the hallmark of the Moghul architecture. There are marble steps to the platform. On the four corners of the platform are the four minarets. Overlooking the platform and in front of the Taj are beautifully laid out gardens. In the center of these gardens are geometrically designed fountain ponds. All these combine to make the Taj a visual delight.