Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is, simply, as breathtaking as the stories say. India’s most iconic building, a monument to love, and mausoleum to a favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is built entirely from white marble, its exquisite symmetry mirrored only by the reflecting pool that runs down the centre of its gardens. It was built by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who used a purported 20,000 stone carvers, masons and artists.

Striking as it is from a distance the building’s beauty is also in its detail – semiprecious stones, intricate carvings and calligraphic verses from the Koran grace the main mausoleum. Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son just down the river in Agra Fort, lived out his days with a view of the Taj Mahal before he himself was interred inside with his wife. 

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Seven Facts About The Taj Mahal

It is rumoured that Shah Jahan was also going to build a mirror image Taj Mahal in black marble on the other side of the river

Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to the couples 14th child

The four sides of the Taj Mahal are perfectly symmetrical – it is one of the world’s most symmetrical structures

The four minarets surrounding the main mausoleum are placed farther out than is usual – this is so if one fell, it would fall away rather than into the tomb

The main architect of the Taj Mahal was a Persian called Ustad Ahmad Lahauri

During the conflicts of the 20th century, structures and scaffolding were used to disguise the Taj Mahal from bomber pilots

The Taj Mahal was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007

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