Throughout this term Class 3 will be exploring and examining building in a range of architectural styles. We will be looking at some of the most famous buildings in the world, finding out why they're famous, who built them and then, linking to our Geography topic, plotting them on a world map.
This afternoon we explored the design features of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum in Aga, India. A mausoleum is a building that has burial chambers (tombs) in which to bury the dead. The Taj Mahal was built as the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of emperor Shah Jahan. Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to their fourteenth child and Shah Jahan was so grief-stricken that he decided to build her a beautiful place in which to be buried.
We agreed one of the most amazing features of the Taj Mahal is its symmetrical design and completed two pieces of art based on this. One, symmetrical contracts and the other tracing symmetry.