mercoledì 10 ottobre 2012

393 - Postcard from Granada Spain (Thanks Anna)


Granada - Patio de Los Leones
 
The Court of the Lions (Spanish: Patio de los Leones - Arabic: بهو السباع‎) is the main
court of the Nasrid dynasty Palace of the Lions, in the heart of the Alhambra, the Moorish citadel formed by a complex of palaces, gardens and forts in Granada, Spain.
It was commissioned by the Nasrid sultan Muhammed V of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus. Its construction started in the second period of his reign, between 1362 and 1391 AD. The site is now
part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and minted in Spain's 2011 limited edition of 2 € Commemorative Coins.

392 - Postcard from Scotland - UK (Thanks Joan)



391 -Postcard from India (Thanks Seetharaman)


TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal  is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
 Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an
 integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.
The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.

390 - Postcard from Rotterdam The Netherlands (Thanks Jacqueline)


domenica 7 ottobre 2012