The model animation breaks down the unique structure of the Taj Mahal – explaining how the architecture reflects Emperor Shah Jahan’s unique religion by taking elements from mosques, the Quran, the eight gates to paradise, and some Iraqi influences. Shah Jahan had a unique situation. He was a believer of Islam with unique views also holding a fair amount of land in a predominately Hindu area. It was because of his diverse beliefs and sympathy toward the local population that he was able to win over so many different people and create his giant mosque.
Follow along in this short video to see how the design of the Taj Mahal borrows from many cultures and beliefs to create one of the great wonderes of the world.
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