Now this is one of the many doors leading to the mausoleum...but this is not the one we can enter. All doors are similar. I took this pic to show the difference with the open one and the closed one. See the intricate detailings. With caligraphy adorning around the the entrance...equal size Arabic Jawi writings...of the Muslim Qoran verses, and the arches framing the doorway is decorated with flowers - i can see the lotus for sure.
Lotus seemed a big thing here...you see them even in the fountains...the buds as the water sprout
The inlay on some of the walls here is even more beautiful than at the Taj Mahal, it suprised me that many tourists dont bother to come and visit this site, it was the quietest place we visited in India
On the left bank of river Yamuna, is located the second most beautiful building in Agra; after Taj, the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Designed like a silver Jewel box in marble, this building is a marvellous example of delicacy and precision in inlay work. This tomb was the first mausoleum built on riverbank, till then only pleasure gardens were built on the riverbank. This beautiful mausoleum was built by Nur-Jahan between 1622-1625 A.D. for her father Mirza Ghiyath Beg, who was appointed the prime Minister of the Empire shortly after Nur Jahan's marriage to Jehangir and titled as 'Itimad-ud-Daulah' which means Lord Treasurer of the Empire.
The tomb building consist of a quadrangular enclosure about 550 sq. feet, one side of which faces the Yamuna River. This enclosure is pierced by four gateways in cardinal directions, out of which Eastern gateway is the main entrance gateway to the tomb and rest of three are merely ornamental.
The main tomb building is square in plan and is raised on a red sand stone plinth, in the centre of a 'Char Bagh' or four quartered garden. Hence, the overall setting of the building substantiate its aesthetic beauty.
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 wonderful carvings of the marble on the lattice screens and doors, the workmanship is amazing, and the perfect symmetry of the building is astonishing