Happy Valentine’s Day

from the monument of love


…albeit, a bit belated. Don’t forget to express yourself while you can!

  • Steve Jurvetson 4y

    another cool perspective detail.... Each of the skinny pillars looks like an extruded star when you look up:
    Illusion Detail
    but that's an optical illusion from the inlaid stone zig zags on the three flat faces...
    The top photo is a crop from the bottom image, which I took with a wide-angle 16mm lens.
  • Gisela Giardino 4y

  • Gisela Giardino 4y

    Just read the story -which i didn't know-...

    How suitable for a this day, and for these days past. Oh beautiful contextuality, Oh! =)
  • pegleg000 4y

    Beautiful! That's been on my bucket list since grade school. One day.....
  • vennettaj 4y

    whoa..what a post
    haha..like the tags.. and the moral of the story(?)
  • Stephen Bové 4y

    Mumtaz Mahal:

    3rd wife of Shah Jahan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumtaz_Mahal

    "She was his constant companion and trusted confidante, and their relationship was intense. Indeed, the court historians go to unheard lengths to document the intimate and erotic relationship the couple enjoyed.

    In their nineteen years of marriage, they had fourteen children together, seven of whom died at birth or at a very young age.

    Mumtaz died in Burhanpur in 1631 AD (1040 AH), at age 38 while giving birth to their fourteenth child. She had been accompanying her husband while he was fighting a campaign in the Deccan Plateau.
  • Matt 4y

    Very nice shot.

    (about 50% infant mortaility, and risk of mother's death in childbirth of 1 in 7 is probably average for the species, historically speaking. it was going so well for her up to that point).
  • Gisela Giardino 4y

    Interesting. It might have been a truer gesture of love to use some protection, rather than having her have children like crazy with that risk and built a temple after her death...
    A lot more ordinary and minimal, wouldn't have made history for sure... but in terms of what I understand as love... it fits way better...
  • Matt 4y

    > use some protection
    you are joking?? that's pretty anachronistic, especially for a royal wife (number one duty: produce heirs, the more the better, since there will be wars from which some sons won't return, and illnesses that won't spare the daughters)
  • Gisela Giardino 4y

    my concept of love is anachronistic, you nailed it. :)
  • rwoodworkr 4y

    Inlaid stone? Amazing craftsmanship. Imagine the man hours and cost at current U.S. wages.
  • solerena 4y

    yep, fantastic architecture, proportions and great sense of balance between the heavy and the light elements... one of the wonders of the world:) always loved it!

    and modern science changed the world and does save human lives... 7 out of 14 children died... gosh, it is better to have a rose and a pill before than a monument after:D
  • Gisela Giardino 4y

    solerena that's what I mean, too. :)
  • Laura 4y

    wonferful image! i hope see the taj mahal!! great job!!
  • Matt 4y

    I'm almost certainly exaggerating the maternal morbidity rate. 18th and 19th century England had rate of a few hundred per 100,000 live births (e.g. Loudon, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 72, No. 1, 241S-246s, July 2000), so maybe 0.5% is reasonable historical average. Still 0.995 raised to the power of 14 is still 93% (i.e. 7% chance of death for a campaign of 14 _live_ births). But I was accurate on infant deaths, so the incentive to keep going is there, even though the odds are terrible.
  • Michael S. Schwarzer 4y

    >>>seen on www.flickr.com/groups/1-2-3/pool/ is also on ~ f a c e b o o k ~, hope i see you there!
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