Taj Mahal’s Architectural Section & Plan, Rare 1911 Print

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cross section of taj mahal

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This is a rare 1911 print of the Taj Mahal in architectural section and plan views.  The Taj Mahal is considered one of the greatest examples of Mughal Architecture. Commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in Agra in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Its construction began in 1631 and was completed in 1653, thereby it took 22 years to complete. Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh, which was a part of the United Provinces during the British era. Agra’s other historical claim to fame are the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, and so on.

Section plan: A cross-section of a building is a vertical cut-away view of the internal structure and layout. Floor Plan: A view from above showing the arrangement of spaces in a building, in a similar way to a map. Architecturally, the Taj Mahal was designed according to the nine-fold plan. This concept entails dividing a building into nine equal parts.

Creating a harmonious and balanced composition. According to its architectural design, the main tomb is a perfect cube. The minarets are slightly tapered out so if any were to fall it would fall away from the central structure. The main dome is encompassed by smaller domes and arches that add depth and dimension. The intricate carving carvings, inlaid precious stones, and calligraphy add to the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

Did you know – the inspiration behind the great monument is believed to come from two sources. 1st is the Humayun’s Tomb at Delhi, built around 50 years before the Taj Mahal. 2nd is the lesser-known tomb of Khan Khanan, built a few years before the Taj Mahal.

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