Immortal and Ethereal Beauty in Stone: The Taj Mahal

by Madhav R. Madhira, Ph.D., Retired professor of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, is presently a visiting professor at IIT and professor emeritus at J.N. Technical University, both in Hyderabad, India., madhavmr@gmail.com,
Venkata Abhishek Sakleshpur, D.Sc., (S.M.ASCE), Graduate student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN., vsaklesh@purdue.edu,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 6, Pg. 42-47


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Taj Mahal, probably one of the most beautiful structures in the world, has withstood the vagaries of history and the environment. Lengthy tomes have been written on its beauty and the details of the above-ground structure, but very little information is available regarding the foundations or the geotechnical aspects of the site. This article compiles some available information gleaned from historical records and some recent studies.

Subject Headings: Rocks | History | Foundations | Geotechnical engineering | Historic buildings

 

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