Weekend Snapshot 25

This is one of the four large towers of the Taj Mahal, called the minarets, each more than 40 meters tall standing at the corners of plinth, all symmetrical in every corner, made from naturally crystallized marble only found in India.

Taj Mahal tower
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The minarets display Taj Mahal’s penchant for symmetry. These towers are designed as working minarets, a traditional element of mosques as a place for a muezzin to call the Islamic faithful to prayer. Each minaret is effectively divided into three equal parts by two working balconies that ring the tower. At the top of the tower is a final balcony surmounted by a chattri that mirrors the design of those on the tomb. The minaret chattris share the same finishing touches, a lotus design topped by a gilded finial. Each of the minarets were constructed slightly outside of the plinth, so that in the event of collapse, a typical occurrence with many such tall constructions of the period, the material from the towers would tend to fall away from the tomb.

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