Prof Christopher Sweet, PhD
  • Prof Christopher Sweet, PhD

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The DHARMA group, headed by Krupali Krusche, had the privilege of being invited to document the Taj Mahal in India during May 2015. The documentation process combines high accuracy 3D pointclouds, from a lidar scanner, with high resolution photographs, from a GigaPan robotic tripod to produce a model of the monument that can be studied by scholars or preservation specialists. A description of previous work at the Roman Forum, Italy, can be found here: DHARMA website

Although there are usually problems documenting monuments (the Indian Army who guard Taj Mahal were suspicious of us and our equipment), we were provided with an unbelivable level of access at Taj, they allowed us to enter the four Minaretts which had been closed to the public for 60 years and also the roof of the mausoleum. The pictures below were my phone snaps taken during the visit.

A brief history from Wikipedia: In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his favorite of three wives and beloved companion, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara BegumConstruction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan's grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later.