Let us practice detecting common patterns, here in religious architecture or “sacred space.” Take a look at the following two links, each offering a virtual tour at a religious monument in India. The first is an Islamic monument in the north Indian city of Agra; it is the famous Taj Mahal (ca. 1650), a tomb built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife. The second monument is the Swaminarayan Akshardham Hindu temple in New Delhi, a temple which has a close and architecturally impressive cousin in Toronto see: www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Toronto.aspx.
One site is Islamic; the other is Hindu. One site is a tomb; the other is a temple. One site is half a millennium old; the other is very new. At first blush then you would be hard pressed to find two more different sites.
Or are they so different? Look at the following 360 degree images and jot some notes on what strikes you as similar and/or different in the shape, arrangement, architecture, imagery or any other facet of the two monuments. Then, describe a similarity or difference that strikes you.
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