Agra without the Taj.
Map Maker: Alain Manesson Mallet
Paris / 1683
An attractive birds eye view of the city. From Mallet's monumental Description de l' Univers, first published in Paris in 1683, perhaps the greatest work of its kind in the 17th century.
This picture disproves the new narrative that Taj existed as a Hindu structure much earlier. It either means that this image was based on hearsay and is an inaccurate representation or if an earlier building existed then it must have been a much smaller or an insignificant structure. The reason for the nagging doubts to exist towards the established theory in history is essentially because there are absolutely no references to this monumental structure in either of the autobiographies of Shah Jahan or Jahangir! And this is no small building to be ignored then or now. But this image by Alain Manesson Mallet drawn during a period when none of the 'history-making or remaking' pressures existed... is an extremely important document in unravelling the story behind the Taj Mahal.
Source: Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps