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Studying Asia, with a focus on India and Pakistan
Third graders began their Cultural Asia unit by looking at examples of Mughal architecture. Mughal architecture is the architectural style developed by the Mughals in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries throughout the extent of their empire in the Indian subcontinent. It is an amalgam of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture. Examples of this style can be found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
The Taj Mahal is considered "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage," which should be reason enough to visit its vaulted walls and beautiful gardens; but what's more, it was built from 1632-1653 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Third grade learned the difference between towers, turrets, and domes and were asked to design a building that included at least 2 towers and 1 dome. It also had to remain symmetrical in design and include elaborate and intricate architectural details that were commonly found in Mughal architecture as well as many other areas of both Hindi and Islamic art and culture.
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