The Marvelous Heritage Architecture -- The 'TAJ MAHAL PALACE & TOWER' -- Mumbai, India

India, in the past week gone by, witnessed one of the most horrendous and ghastly terrorist attacks on one of her iconic and heritage architectural structure which by no means can be considered less than a monument.   Several innocent lives lost, many of dutiful Indian armed personnel martyred, and innumerable horrific memories remain in the eyes 'n minds of the entire rational world.

And, in the centre stage of this worst episode of inhuman and ghastly act of certain fundamentalists, stand the other victims  -  'TAJ MAHAL PALACE and TOWER' besides the 'Oberoi TRIDENT', Jewish settlers' Nariman point building and the Cafe Leopold  -  which bore the physical blunt of this insane act of terrorism...  may be still trying to find out  WHY THEY WERE SO ATTACKED and defaced.  The answer may never come to them unless the fanatic fundamentalists who carry out such devilish acts are blessed back the thoughtfulness and righteousness of whats right and whats not right by the Almighty.

This post of Bricks-n-Mortar is a humble and heartfelt 'get-well-soon' prayer to this iconic Indian monument as well as the other buildings that came under attack. Heartfelt tribute to all the persons too also who lost their precious lives.

The Taj Mahal Palace hotel was built in the year 1903 by Mr. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the founder of India's one of the topmost business conglomerate house: The Tata group.   History has it that Mr.
Jamsetji N. Tata decided to build this iconic hotel when he was denied entry into a premier English hotel during the Britsh Raj era.   The result was this marvelous piece of architecture, which in fact was built even before the very famous 'Gateway of India' monument, some about 20 years back.  [Check out the hotel's full history snapshot at the hotel's official website the link of which is following below]

As highlighted in the Taj Hotels' website,

"Built in 1903, the hotel is an architectural marvel and brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the city of Mumbai, showcasing contemporary Indian influences along with beautiful vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, a magnificent art collection, an eclectic collection of furniture, and a dramatic cantilever stairway.

Over the past century, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai has amassed a diverse collection of paintings and works of art and is a veritable showcase of artifacts and art of the era. From Belgian chandeliers to Goan Christian artifacts, the hotel incorporates a myriad of artistic styles and tastes." writes,

"With distinctive onion domes and pointed arches, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel combined Moorish and Byzantine design with European ideas.   Constructed of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete, the grand arch borrows details from 16th century Islamic architecture."
Now that the nightmarish terror episode has been tamed by the Indian armed forces and the positive will of the Indian and International people alike, lets all wish these iconic and marvelous architectural jewels come to vibrant life as soon as possible.  Come together hand-in-hand wishing the marvel and grandeur of these beautiful jewels of the earth are restored by the utmost strong will and empathy of rational mankind.

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  1. I visited and stayed in Taj Palace some 2-3 years back, and loved its architecture so much that I wanted to come and stay again. I will wait eagerly when the hotel reopens and will be among the very first of tourists that'll start visiting the place again. My best wishes to the Indians, the Indian government, the owners of the property, the staffs, and everyone associated for the good.


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