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View Poll Results: Vote for the best domed building!
Taj Mahal 110 45.27%
Hagia Sophia 63 25.93%
St. Peter's Basilica 70 28.81%
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Old July 14th, 2007, 08:06 PM   #61
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btw! Who needs domes anymore?!

Not this thread, pal.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #62
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yea it was actually a church at first and then it was turned into a mosque. I like how the two architectures blended together in this building.
i think you've mistaken blue mosque with hagia sophia.anyway my vote is for hagia sophia.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #63
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I don't think you can beat the Taj Mahal for pure elegance. It was introduced to me as "the most beautiful building in the world", and that was a great admission from the British Encyclopedia I was reading. It's pretty hard to beat.
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Old July 14th, 2007, 10:42 PM   #64
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Not this thread, pal.
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Old August 1st, 2007, 11:52 PM   #65
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Why isn't New Delhi's Jama Masjid on the list??


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and Bhopal's Tajul Masajid


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Old August 2nd, 2007, 12:43 AM   #66
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Why isn't New Delhi's Jama Masjid on the list??


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and Bhopal's Tajul Masajid


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Old August 2nd, 2007, 03:20 AM   #67
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You used to be a mod, no? I would expect you to at least stay on topic then
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 06:41 PM   #68
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to me by far the Hagia Sophia

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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:51 AM   #69
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I'd go for the Hagia Sophia if I were to consider the over-all effect of the structure being part of the city skyline.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:27 PM   #70
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I'd go for the Hagia Sophia if I were to consider the over-all effect of the structure being part of the city skyline.
Err..the Taj Mahal basically MAKES Agra...?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #71
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Err..the Taj Mahal basically MAKES Agra...?
That's exactly what I meant. I feel that the Taj just sticks out while the Hagia Sophia is not all that is Istanbul. It blends in with the over-all look of the city with many other buildings bearing the architectural style.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #72
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That's exactly what I meant. I feel that the Taj just sticks out while the Hagia Sophia is not all that is Istanbul. It blends in with the over-all look of the city with many other buildings bearing the architectural style.
Ah okay, I see what you mean.

But we're deciding which building is most impressive, not which blends in best with it's skyline?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 09:02 PM   #73
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all of these 3 are simply amazing and so unique. each of them has its very own carisma and charme.
but in the end i have to go for taj mahal.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 01:24 AM   #74
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That's exactly what I meant. I feel that the Taj just sticks out while the Hagia Sophia is not all that is Istanbul. It blends in with the over-all look of the city with many other buildings bearing the architectural style.
Not true about Agra.

Agra is one of the few cities with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites - the Taj, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. So, no, the Taj Mahal is not 'all that is Agra'.
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Not true about Agra.

Agra is one of the few cities with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites - the Taj, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. So, no, the Taj Mahal is not 'all that is Agra'.
Compared to Istanbul, Agra is all Taj Mahal - which I believe was his point.
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Not true about Agra.

Agra is one of the few cities with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites - the Taj, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. So, no, the Taj Mahal is not 'all that is Agra'.
I was exaggerating of course when I said that the Taj is all that is Agra. The Taj is a complex by itself and constructed in such a way that it becomes the focal point of the area. It was meant to dominate the landscape and the senses of anyone who sees it. I can understand why some people who have posted here mentioned about its "presence" or the impact it had on them. I agree, it is a stunning, grand structure.

It is built at some distances away from the other edifices you've mentioned.
The Wikipedia describes the Taj as being "like a mirage from the Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan stared at it, for the last eight years his life as a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb".

I am perhaps just impartial to Hagia Sophia because what is impressive for me is to see its quiet grace among others that make up the Istanbul cityscape.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 07:36 AM   #78
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hagia for its huge overhanging dome. which u can see from inside.

taj mahar? ppl not allow to go inside to see.

the balisca comes close second
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hagia for its huge overhanging dome. which u can see from inside.

taj mahar? ppl not allow to go inside to see.

the balisca comes close second
...you are allowed to go inside and see the Taj from inside

Please know what you are talking about before blabbering
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I was exaggerating of course when I said that the Taj is all that is Agra. The Taj is a complex by itself and constructed in such a way that it becomes the focal point of the area. It was meant to dominate the landscape and the senses of anyone who sees it. I can understand why some people who have posted here mentioned about its "presence" or the impact it had on them. I agree, it is a stunning, grand structure.

It is built at some distances away from the other edifices you've mentioned.
The Wikipedia describes the Taj as being "like a mirage from the Agra Fort from where Emperor Shah Jahan stared at it, for the last eight years his life as a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb".

I am perhaps just impartial to Hagia Sophia because what is impressive for me is to see its quiet grace among others that make up the Istanbul cityscape.
Taj certainly is the focal point of Agra, but it is not the only thing

I see your point, but I would say that is because Istanbul is an international city of millions while Agra is a smaller city that thrives mainly off tourism from the Mughal buildings
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