Taj Mahal Tower - Agra, India

Posted by Scott Rippee (Fresno, United States) on 16 March 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is one of the 4 towers that stand at each end of the Taj Mahal. The Taj is completely symmetrical from the outside and beautiful to look at from various angles. The 4 towers all slant outward. My guess was so that they have the appearance of standing vertical, but it's actually so that if they ever collapse it would be away from the tomb.

Thanks for the visit. Your comments, critiques, and suggestions are more than welcome!

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Great shot! Wonderful perspective with the people standing next to it. Very impressive architecture and you have captured it beautifully.

16 Mar 2010 8:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nicely detailed shot, if you hadn't have said this was the Taj, I would have guessed that it was a lighthouse on the end of a pier.

16 Mar 2010 9:28am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I've read exactly the same about the towers (on Wikipedia) ... that they wouldn't fall on to the building?!
But anyway, they look really impressive compared to those tiny people on the base!

The minarets were constructed slightly outside of the plinth so that, in the event of collapse, (a typical occurrence with many tall constructions of the period) the material from the towers would tend to fall away from the tomb. (Wiki)

16 Mar 2010 9:30am

@Monique: Your right! I remembered incorrectly and am going to modify the description. Thanks for your comment Monique!

itzmedeepa from kerala, India


16 Mar 2010 10:12am

Austin from San Diego, CA, United States

So far this is my favorite photo from your trip.

16 Mar 2010 2:56pm

Photographs by M.E. from Pacific Grove, United States

I love the sharpness, lighting and color of this shot! Thank you for posting about the tower's information, too.

16 Mar 2010 4:42pm

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice shot well done

16 Mar 2010 4:51pm

☾éline from New York City, United States

Beautiful !

16 Mar 2010 4:58pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

The people on the roof really show the scale of the tower. Excellently framed!

17 Mar 2010 1:45am

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