The Taj Mahal: The Crown Jewel of India with Tiago Neiva - Context Travel

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. 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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P.M.
Excellent presentation

An excellent presentation. Well organized, beautiful pictures. Very much from an archeologist’s perspective but balanced with an artist’s appreciation for magic and nuance.

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L.f.T.

An excellent introduction to the Taj Mahal. Tiago showed us so much more than I imagined was there. The details were astonishing and varied and even seemed to make the light dance as it passed through the carved marble windows.

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T.A.
Taj Mahal

Of the 3 conversations in which I have participated, this one by far was the very best! The presenter was well prepared, extremely knowledgeable, his architectural background enhanced the presentation, his pictures were outstanding.
Thank you

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S.G.
Fantastic!

Tiago took us on an in depth fantastic tour of the Taj Mahal Complex, adding historical background of the Mughal Empire. He focused on the construction, architecture, and the intricate and gorgeous interior, I am not sure that I will have the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal but this is the next best thing to being there and perhaps even better because there were no crowds! Tiago's presentation is thorough and well organized with wonderful visuals. One of the best seminars!

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M.L.A.
Understanding the Taj Mahal

I learned more about the Taj Mahal through Tiago Neiva's tour than I would have on a personal visit. So much emphasis is on the white monument but Tiago showed us there is so much more in his analysis and interpretation of the gates, gardens and mausoleums of the complex. Thanks to him I can appreciate the beauty of the Taj Mahal much more.

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
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(17)
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P
P.M.
Excellent presentation

An excellent presentation. Well organized, beautiful pictures. Very much from an archeologist’s perspective but balanced with an artist’s appreciation for magic and nuance.

L
L.f.T.

An excellent introduction to the Taj Mahal. Tiago showed us so much more than I imagined was there. The details were astonishing and varied and even seemed to make the light dance as it passed through the carved marble windows.

T
T.A.
Taj Mahal

Of the 3 conversations in which I have participated, this one by far was the very best! The presenter was well prepared, extremely knowledgeable, his architectural background enhanced the presentation, his pictures were outstanding.
Thank you

S
S.G.
Fantastic!

Tiago took us on an in depth fantastic tour of the Taj Mahal Complex, adding historical background of the Mughal Empire. He focused on the construction, architecture, and the intricate and gorgeous interior, I am not sure that I will have the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal but this is the next best thing to being there and perhaps even better because there were no crowds! Tiago's presentation is thorough and well organized with wonderful visuals. One of the best seminars!

M
M.L.A.
Understanding the Taj Mahal

I learned more about the Taj Mahal through Tiago Neiva's tour than I would have on a personal visit. So much emphasis is on the white monument but Tiago showed us there is so much more in his analysis and interpretation of the gates, gardens and mausoleums of the complex. Thanks to him I can appreciate the beauty of the Taj Mahal much more.