I recently came across this picture (removed now, look at wiki article instead), saying that it is a scaffolding erected during WW2 over Taj Mahal to protect it from Japanese Air Force.
Even the Wikipedia article on Taj Mahal seems to support this claim. That article also has picture of scaffolding from a slightly different angle.
However, it seems very odd to me. My primary question is: What was the main intention of this covering: was it to protect the Taj Mahal from potential air-bombing, or was it to hide it from enemy airplanes?
In both pictures, the scaffolding seems to cover only the top dome of the Taj Mahal. The rest of the structure and the surrounding minarets are clearly uncovered and thus are exposed.
If the intention is hiding it from enemy airplanes, I think the rest of the structure would be clearly visible from air to (enemy) airplanes that come near enough.
If the intention is to protect it from bombing, then any bomb that is dropped on the rest of the exposed part would damage and result in similar kind of destruction. Why protect just the main dome?
Or is it just a coincidence that both of these images were taken when the construction was going on, and ultimately the whole structure was covered?