James Beyer Photography

Agra, India

The city of Agra, India, is home to two of India's greatest tourist attractions - the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal.  The Red Fort, also known as Agra Fort, was constructed in the middle 16th century for the Mughal emperor Akbar.  It gets its name from the red sandstone which is the principle construction material.  The Taj Mahal was famously constructed as a mausoleum for his favorite wife by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (grandson of Akbar), but it also holds his own body.  Built of white marble inlaid with multi-colored mosaics, the Taj Mahal is beautifully preserved and widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

Plan Diagram From Sketchbook - November, 1986
Battlement at Red Fort - November, 1986
View of Taj Mahal From The Red Fort - November, 1986
Taj Mahal From A Distance - November, 1986
Taj Straight-On - November, 1986
Taj Mahal Close-Up - November, 1986
Detail of Mosaic Inlay, Taj Mahal - November, 1986
Sunset View, Taj Mahal - November, 1986

All images © James E. Beyer