The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

DVD - 2010
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From tragedy and loss came one of the most spectacular monuments ever erected, India's Taj Mahal. Built four hundred years ago as a tribute to Emperor Shah Jahani's beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth, the Taj Mahal was an undertaking of unprecedented extravagance and beauty. Upwards of 20,000 workers toiled to create the astounding feat of engineering, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Publisher: United States : A & E Television Networks, 2010.
ISBN: 9781422901304
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (47 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 09, 2020

Built back in 1632 - The Taj Mahal (located in Agra, India) certainly has quite an involved history behind its construction (which took a total of 10 years to complete).

This 50-minute documentary from the History Channel takes a close-up look at the Taj Mahal and what its has come to represent for the millions of people of India today (nearly 400 years later).

Dec 26, 2019

It is estimated that if the Taj Mahal were built today (instead of back in 1632) its overall cost (in dollars) would come close to being about 900 million.

This informative, 50-minute documentary (from the History Channel) takes the curios viewer on a really thorough guided tour of the Taj Mahal (taking a detailed inspection of both its exterior, as well as its interior, too).

All-in-all - Watching this well-researched presentation is about the next best thing to actually visiting the Taj Mahal (in Agra, India) in person.

Mar 26, 2014


Dec 10, 2012

At the last part of the film, the engineers and historians explore the longstanding myth that Shah Jahan planned a mausoleum to be built in black marble---the so-called Black Taj---across the Yamuna river.
The idea originates from fanciful writings of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a European traveller who visited Agra in 1665.
It was suggested that Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb before it could be built.
Ruins of blackened marble across the river in Moonlight Garden, Mahtab Bagh, seemed to support this legend.
However, excavations carried out in the 1990s found that they were discolored white stones that had turned black.
A more credible theory for the origins of the black mausoleum was demonstrated in 2006 by archaeologists who reconstructed part of the pool in the Moonlight Garden.
A dark reflection of the white mausoleum could clearly be seen, befitting Shah Jahan's obsession with symmetry and the positioning of the pool itself.
This is an interesting and entertaining documentary.

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