The Baha’i Lotus Temple and Plotinus’ Philosophy of Beauty The Baha’i Lotus Temple, constructed in New Delhi, India in 1986, is sometimes referred to as the “ Taj Mahal of the twentieth century” (“Jewel in the Lotus”). The building is breathtakingly beautiful work of art that is enormous in scale, yet fashioned with incredible delicacy, precision, and symmetry. The lotus-shaped structure is comprised of twenty seven white petals built of marble, surrounded by nine pools of water that resemble the floating leaves of a lotus flower and reflect light back onto the magnificent edifice. An article in the Architecture Student Chronicles explains that the nine pools symbolize that the nine unifying spiritual paths of the Baha’i faith (“Architect...The end:
.....pired, processed through human intellects and then manifested on the material plane of reality to inspire humans to strive toward the One. Works Cited Architecture Student Chronicles. 2010. 19 Mar. 2011 <http://www.architecture-student.com/architecture/lotus-temple-delhi-innovation-in-architecture/>. Web. “Jewel in the Lotus, The.” BahaiHouseofWorship.ni. 2008. 19 Mar. 2011 <http://www.bahaihouseofworship.in/jewel-in-the-lotus>. Web. “Plotinus Biography.” European Graduate School. 2010. 19 Mar. 2011 <http://www.egs.edu/library/plotinus/biography/>. Web. “Renaissance Art World and Its Classical Origins, The.” Academy of Art University, Session 9-13; Module 4. 2011. 19 Mar. 2011 <http://discussion.academyart.edu>. Web.