One of the Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. I got a chance to visit this magnificent site on Christmas day. See this photo that I took with my DSLR.
The whole structure was made with marbles and it was decorated with beautiful art works, plant motif, lotus designs, calligraphy script from the Qur'an. The main building was built on a octagonal layout and it is perfectly symmetry. Work started in 1632 and it took 22 years to finish. The main gate of the Taj Mahal has 22 small domes on top that signified the number of years it took to build.
Between the main gate and the Taj Mahal, there is this beautiful garden, with pool the reflect the magnificent structure.
Then there is the masjid at the side of the Taj Mahal. Every Friday, Taj Mahal is closed for visitors because of the Friday prayer for local Muslims.
A place worth visiting. You have to be there to appreciate its beauty. Simply magnificent.