At Olana, East meets West in an American's mind.
The Taj Mahal is no mere secular expression of a man's love for his wife. It reflects his desire that his companion receives Divine Mercy and the ultimate reward: spending eternity with the Creator in "gardens beneath which rivers flow."
With the Durbar Room, the eminent Punjabi Sikh architect and designer Bhai Ram Singh realized Queen Victoria's wish for an "Indian dining room."
The Sultan Mosque serves as a marker reflecting the end of Islamic rule of Singapore and the island's emergence as a British colony and entrepôt.
Masjid Wilayah fuses Ottoman, Umayyad, Indo-Persian, and Malay architecture.