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Agra – Home of the Taj Mahal

This post will be relatively short, because my description of being able to go and see the Taj Mahal can be summed up in one word: AWESOME.

I have always wanted to go see the Taj Mahal. I am not sure why, but I have always been fascinated by that building and its architecture. Well, it lived up to my expectations and even surpassed them. It was an amazing building and complex, and there was something very cool about being able to check that visit off of my bucket list.

While we were in Agra, we also went to see the Red Fort which was pretty unbelievable as well. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, because they tell a much better story.

Two nuggets to chew on from my visit. First, contrary to the labor by which most of the palaces in Europe were built and the Pyramids in Egypt. The Taj Mahal was built by paid artisans and workers. And because religion was so important to the workers, the shah had the workers finish the mosque, which is part of the Taj Mahal complex, first so that the workers could easily do their daily prayers.

Second nugget: What if instead talking about these great edifices and the rulers who built them, we instead turned these monuments into places to honor the laborer and used the amazing buildings like the Taj Mahal or Versailles to tell the stories of the people who actually did the work? These buildings are a testament to their effort, the creativity of the human mind, and the power of a unified vision and what ordinary people can accomplish with that vision.

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This entry was posted on June 7, 2013 by in India, Pepperdine and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .

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