marble carvings of the Taj Mahal, Agra
I tried to take a picture that would show the detailed inlay work, semi precious stones were inset into the marble.
We were able to recognise malachite, lapis lazuli, cornelian, turquoise, topaz and onyx at the very least
Taj Mahal is such a beautiful building, it just takes your breath and you cannot say a word!
This flowers are marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. Agra is famous for this art. Today this beautiful art suffers from the pollution. But I have heard, that now factories are not allowed near the Taj Mahal. They are working hard to reduce the air pollution.
floral designs on a white marble in the main tomb of Taj Mahal weren't painted. but using inlaid marble so called pietra dura. carved piece by piece then put colorful stones like small jewels inside.
so peaceful and amazing to read several arabic words in the entrance of the main tomb of Taj Mahal. Allahu Akbar :)
Look at the consistency of the arabic writing...such a great view...everything similar size running up and across the doorway
Look at the wonderful carvings of the marble on the lattice screens and doors, the workmanship is amazing, and the perfect symmetry of the building is astonishing