One element that is not apparent from purely visual observation of the structure is the experience of the environment. It is said that the Taj Mahal communicates to visitors an immediate experience of magnificence and perfection. Viewing the videos below, we get a sense of what it must be like to walk into the Taj Mahal and experience the sites, sounds and smells. The experience is more than just the architectural elements, but includes other aspects such as the setting of the building along the banks of the Jamuna River and the play of light against the translucent white marble.
After viewing the videos answer the following questions on a google doc and print to T117
- 1. If we could travel to the Taj Mahal right now, how would the experience of being there add to our understanding of its meaning?
- 2. How does the experience of a place lead us to a deeper understanding of its cultural significance?
- 3. Have you ever visited a place that impressed you, and how did that experience add to your understanding of the place?