The crown of palaces, or the Taj Mahal, is an extraordinary masterpiece of Persian and Mughal architecture. Describing a building of this grandeur is very difficult but I’ll give it a go. What I find most fascinating are the minarets on each corner. They aren’t very decorative and in fact very bland compared with the intricate decoration on the main mausoleum but without them the Taj Mahal would just be a beautiful large multi-chambered marble cube. That does not sound very exciting because it isn’t. The minarets are small but yet so crucial that a photo without them doesn’t have the same majestic aura and architectural lightness.
I am not sure if visitors and newly weds realise this but the Taj Mahal is a burial chamber for a dead person. For those people who were too busy taken selfies and unable to read up on its history, the reason for the construction of this tomb is that in 1631, emperor Shah Jahan was grief-stricken when his favourite of three wives and beloved companion, Persian princess Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. I wonder how many just married couples would take their wedding picture if they knew they were standing on a graveyard?