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Taj Mahal

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics

Taj Mahal

Giles Tillotson

The Taj Mahal is the queen of architecture. Other buildings may be as famous but no other has been so consistently admired for a beauty that is seen as both feminine and regal.

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9781847652478 (1 Oct 2010)

About the book

'Marble enigma, most photographed of structures, the Taj Mahal lends its name to a prime brand of Indian tea bags and stands too as the world's great, extravagant monument to eternal love. This wry, brisk book is a delightful and fascinating excavation of the Taj Mahal's many layers of meanings. Giles Tillotson deploys his formidable knowledge of India's artistic and cultural history to create a kaleidoscopic interpretation of the Taj - revealing what it meant to the Mughal world that conceived and built it; to the British colonists who cavorted amidst its grounds and minarets, then set about to preserve it; and to the many millions who now come every year to gawp and touch and click. With delicacy, creation, and yet succeeds in keeping its unworldly aura intact.'' Sunil Khilnani, author of The Idea of India

About the author

Giles Tillotson was Reader in History of Art at SOAS, University of London. He is now an independent writer and lecturer, living in Gurgaon near New Delhi. He is the author of many books on Indian architecture, history and landscape, including Jaipur Nama: Tales from the Pink City.


Giles Tillotson's slim and balanced book is without question the best short introduction yet produced

- William Dalrymple, Sunday Times

Tillotson's accessible and enjoyable style will engage a broader readership ... he airs the many myths and legends with relish; then slays most of them with facts and reason and a generous helping of illustrations.

- Andrew Robinson, Independent

Witty and authoritative

- Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph

Matchless as both a study of obsession and as an in depth guidebook.

- Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

A loving account of India's most precious jewel.

- Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics