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Interesting Facts about the Taj Mahal

May 17, 2014  by: Adi  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.40   Views: 831

The Taj Mahal is a famous monument in India. It is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal attracts tourists from all over the world. Here are some interesting facts about the Taj Mahal.

         

The Taj Mahal is a famous monument in India. It is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal attracts tourists from all over the world. Here are some interesting facts about the Taj Mahal.



Construction period

The construction of the Taj Mahal took nearly 22 years to get completed as the construction began in 1632 and got completed in 1653.

Mumtaz Mahal

The Taj Mahal was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal was the third wife of Emperor Shah Jahan and she died while giving birth to their fourteenth child.

Effect of Mumtaz's death on Shah Jahan

The death of Mumtaz Mahal shattered Shah Jahan and it is believed that due to the depression over Mumtaz's death, the Emperor's beard and hair turned snow white within a few months.

Architect of the Taj Mahal

Ahmed Lahauri was the architect of the Taj Mahal. The architecture combines Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. The Taj Mahal was modelled based on Shah Jahan's imagination of the paradise of Mumtaz.

Cost

The total cost of the construction is estimated to be around 320 million. More than 22,000 people were employed for the construction works.

Mosque

There is a mosque in the premises of the Taj Mahal and so it is closed on Fridays. During Friday's only people who are going for worship or prayers are allowed inside.

Construction Material

The Taj Mahal was constructed using high quality marbles. These marbles were brought from places like Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan and China.

Different colours of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal appears in different colours at different times of the day. In the morning it appears in pinkish hue in colour. Then the colour changes to milky white in the evenings and then golden in the moonlight. Experts say that the changing colour scheme was used to represent the moods of a woman especially that of Mumtaz.

Shah Jahan's tomb

After Shah Jahan's death, his tomb was placed beside Mumtaz's tomb in the Taj Mahal.

Black Taj Mahal

There is a myth that Shah Jahan wanted to construct another Taj Mahal in black stone on the other side of the river Yamuna. But there is evidence to prove this myth.

Mirrored image

The four sides of the Taj Mahal had been built to look-alike. This creates a wonderful mirrored image on each side. This principle of construction is called self replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements.

Height

The total height of the Taj Mahal is 73 metres.

Renovation

During the later part of the nineteenth century, the Taj Mahal was renovated under the orders of Lord Curzon as it had been defaced by the British soldiers who chiseled out many precious stones from the walls of the Taj Mahal. Curzon also donated a lamp to be hung in the interior chambers of the monument.

UNESCO World Heritage Site and One of the seven wonders

The Taj Mahal was selected as the first of the seven new wonders of the world by the voters all over the world. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.




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