The Taj Mahal is one of India’smost famous land marks and isone of the seven wonders of theworld! The Taj Mahal is located inAgra, India on the banks of theriver Yamuna. Mughal EmperorShah Jahan had the Taj Mahal builtfor his wife he loved so very much.The years of construction on theTaj Mahal are from the year of1631 to the year of 1653. Itspreads over 42 acres of land andis a huge tourist atraction.
The Red Fort was built in the 17thcentury by Mughal Emperor ShahJahan. It is located in what is nowDelhi, India. In the old days, TheRed Fort was used for theresidence of the MughalEmperors. It also was, until 1857,the capital of the MughalEmperors. In 1857,one of theMughal emperors, Bahadur ShahZafar, was kicked off his nativeland by the British IndianGovernment which led to it beingturned into a World Heritage Sitein 2007. It took 10 years to buildand lies along the Yamuna Riverjust like the Taj Mahal.
The Lotus Temple, also knownas the Baháí House ofWorship, is located in NewDelhi, India and is named “TheLotus Temple” because of it’sshape looking exactly like theLotus flower, a popular flower inIndia. It is known presently asthe Mother Temple and has wonnumerous architectural awards.It opened in December, 1986 andsince then has been a veryfamous site to see for touristsand localists.
The Qutub Minar, located inDelhi, India, is a WorldHeritage Site and is built withmarble and red sandstone. Itis the tallest Minaret inIndia. It’s height: 237.8 ft tall(72.5meters). The QutubMinar has a diameter of 14.3meters and has 379 stairs ifyou would like to climb it!This structure is an exampleof Indo-Islamic architecturewhich it is known for.
The India gate was built in 1931 as amemorial for 90,000 soldiers thatlost their lives fighting for theIndian Empire. The India gate wasdesigned by Sir Edwin Lutyens thatwas inspired by the Arc de Triomphein Paris, France. It’s location isDelhi, India. Originally, there was astatue of George V of the UntiedKingdom under the gate but it wasremoved and placed in a park,Coronation Park. Now, that Indiagained independence from theUntied Kingdom, there is a tomb ofthe Indian Army’s Tomb of theUnknown Soldier that is known asAmar Jawan Jyoti.
India has very many landmarks andsites but it would take me all day toname them there are so many!!! Theones I described today were just afew that caught my eye. The TajMahal I thought was interestingbecause it is one of the sevenwonders of the world! The LotusTemple was unique because of itsinteresting shape. The India Gatebecause of how it is a memorial forall those soldiers who took their livesfor their country. Again, there aremany more than the ones I put in mypresentation. Hope you’ll get to learnas much as me about India’sLandmarks and Historical Sites!!!
Mughal- (moo-guhl) – adjective – used of a single unit or thing; not two ormoreMinaret- (min-uh-ret) – noun - a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attachedto a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconiesIndo-Islamic architecture – Indo-Islamic architecture encompasses a widerange of styles from various backgrounds that helped shape Indianarchitecture from the advent of Islam in the subcontinent in the 7th centuryuntil todayArc de Triomphe - A structure in Paris that is almost exactly identical to theIndia Gate.
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