Big Shots: Ode to Agra – Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

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  1. Designs for the tomb were submitted by the leading architects of the mogul empire. The one chosen for execution was probably by a Persian, Ustad Isa. The tomb is the focal point of a vaste rectangle, two thousand feet long and one thousand feet wide. The tomb, at the center of the platform, is a square in plan, with chanfered corners. At the center of the plan is the octagonal tomb chamber, crowned by a shallow dome and entered through lofty portals in each face of the structure. On the exterior the lofty arched portal in each face is flanked by two stages of niches, and the structure is crowned by a bulbous dome which rises for above the shallow inner dome of the tomb chamber.

    On both the exterior and interior the structural core is covered with white marble decorated with designs inlaid in semiprecious stones. The structure seems to mirror the mood of the skies. Simple proportions dictate plan and elevation relationships, the width of the structure equals its total height, and the distance from the floor level to the parapet over the arched portals is just one half the total height.

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