The Taj Mahal: The Crown Jewel of India with Tiago Neiva

The Taj Mahal: The Crown Jewel of India with Tiago Neiva


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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the vast Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and a universally admired UNESCO World Heritage site. This seminar will examine in-depth this architectural splendor as we explore the period of the Mughal dynasty, its traditions, and the incredible design and legacy of the Taj Mahal.

The Mughal Empire was known for its immense richness, sophisticated society, and amazing artistic and architectonic achievements. In its most prosperous of phases, between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, all available resources were used to build the most admirable and rich tomb ever made. We’ll learn how the Taj Mahal was built to honor the emperor’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during the birth of their thirteen child.

We’ll discuss how it was built, where the materials came from, and the efforts that went into making such a formidable structure. We’ll explore how the Taj Mahal innovatively incorporated and expanded the previous tomb designs of Persian, Timurid, and earlier Mughal traditions. This unparalleled building also depicted the opulence of the Mughals, and in a more personal and human dimension, the testimony of a tragic love story.

Led by an expert on Architecture and Art History, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this interactive seminar will explore the history and architecture of one of the most well preserved (and recognizable) monuments in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better knowledge of the aesthetics and design of the Taj Mahal, and also the dynasty and intermediaries responsible for its construction.

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
I had no idea!

I was so pleased to be able to see this as I had no idea the Taj Mahal was an entire complex. I also enjoyed the architectural focus of Tiago, and learning a little bit about the history of the cultures in that part of the world. A wonderful experience.

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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
The Taj with many wonderful details

This is a smoothly-presented yet jam-packed lecture and a biography of a very beautiful building. Somehow in that package we are dissecting the elements of Muslim architecture, landscape design, gardens, religion, geometry, royal marriages, color, rivers, paradise, climate change, and protocol for burying the dead.

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Tour de force

Everything about the Taj Mahal

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Tina Lundberg (Etterbeek, BE)
Complex and mesmerizing

Who better than an architect to divulge the complex architectural secrets of Taj Mahal? With his professional background, Tiago is the ideal person to take you through the spatial planning behind this masterpiece.

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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
I had no idea!

I was so pleased to be able to see this as I had no idea the Taj Mahal was an entire complex. I also enjoyed the architectural focus of Tiago, and learning a little bit about the history of the cultures in that part of the world. A wonderful experience.

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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
The Taj with many wonderful details

This is a smoothly-presented yet jam-packed lecture and a biography of a very beautiful building. Somehow in that package we are dissecting the elements of Muslim architecture, landscape design, gardens, religion, geometry, royal marriages, color, rivers, paradise, climate change, and protocol for burying the dead.

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Tour de force

Everything about the Taj Mahal

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Tina Lundberg (Etterbeek, BE)
Complex and mesmerizing

Who better than an architect to divulge the complex architectural secrets of Taj Mahal? With his professional background, Tiago is the ideal person to take you through the spatial planning behind this masterpiece.