Discuss the chief features of Mughal architecture in the time of Shah jahan and give examples in support of your answer.
Under Shah Jahan, Mughal architecture reached its culminating point. The style of his reign is characterised by a new wave of Persian inspiration, but we should bear in mind that the buildings that he constructed are distinguished from those of Isfahan and Constantinople by the use of white marble enhanced in decoration by hard-coloured stones-agates onyxes, jasper, carnedian, etc.
At the same time, the taste of these buildings tends in the direction of a noble simplicity and a truly feminine elegance. The principal monuments of this period are the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort at Delhi, and the Taj Mahal at Agra.
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