Mughal Architecture

The Taj Mahal


It's one of the most famous sights in the world. But the Taj Mahal is not, as some people think, a temple. It is in fact a mausoleum. A mausoleum is a large tomb.

Wednesday, 15 July, 2009, 12:00am

A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time

A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time

by Diana and Michael Preston

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15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Plight of the forgotten historic sites facing the wreckers' ball

Few knew that the crumbling but still beautiful red sandstone building hidden away behind the concrete sprawl of a crowded South Delhi neighbourhood was India's oldest surviving Islamic palace.

Built in 1245, the Lal Mahal or 'Red Palace' had been left out of the guidebooks for years; only conservationists knew of its importance.

24 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

1 Which Mughal emperor commissioned the Taj Mahal?

2 Which Indian organisation is the largest employer in the world, with over 1million employees?

3 Who was the first prime minister of independent India?

15 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Voters urged to keep Taj on list of 7 wonders

'If you have ever been in love, vote for the Taj,' is the message being beamed from TVs, radios and billboards across India.

The reason for the campaign? The country is in danger of seeing its national monument slip out of contention in the huge global poll now under way to decide the new 'seven wonders of the world'.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

The slow road to superpower status

If you want to understand as much as possible about India in a single day, maybe the best thing to do is take the slow bus to Agra. Actually, there are no fast buses, because the road to Agra resembles a war zone in which countless people seem to be fleeing for their life.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Well noted

Louis Vuitton has added Mumbai ($265) to its Travel Notebooks collection, which already includes Paris, London, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Beijing and Athens. Artist Florine Asch has captured the energy of the city in vivid watercolours: the Taj Mahal, Rajabai Tower, ancient rock carvings of the Elephanta Caves, dazzling bazaars and Bollywood scenes.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


1 Dynastic legacies

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Monument to eternal love casts a veil over her true age

Historians quibble over the correct date of the Taj Mahal's 350th birthday

India has launched celebrations to mark the 350th anniversary of the Taj Mahal, the country's famed monument to love, but historians say the festivities could be up to a decade too late.

28 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

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4 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

A diamond in a dirt heap

THE TOUR GUIDE HAS seen the Taj Mahal 150 times before, from every angle, in every season and every light.

But still, when the poem in white marble comes into sight through the arch of the protective barricades, Vishal Ghai gasps with awe.

So do I. It is a vision of sheer beauty and grace.

1 May 2001 - 12:00am

Sites protected

I refer to the report by Rory McCarthy headlined, 'History crumbles as officials fumble', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on September 25.

The report referred to the mismanagement by the authorities of the Taxila Museum and other historical sites, such as Sish Mahal and Shalimar Gardens.

2 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

The Spirit of Asia exhibition

A HINDU PRIEST stands on his head beside the Taj Mahal, a Malay man recites the Koran in a graveyard, Singaporeans recreate ocean waves in a tableau of the Lion City's history (left). These are among 110 images Ian Lloyd has selected for Spirit Of Asia: 20 Years Of Photography (National Geographic Channel, $220), a collection of favourites by the Singapore-based photographer.

20 May 2000 - 12:00am