What are some facts about the Taj Mahal?

The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed in 1653. It took a total of twenty two years engaging 20,000 artisans to complete the construction of this monument.

The architecture of the Taj Mahal is a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles of architecture.

The Taj Mahal was Shah Jahan’s imagination of Mumtaz’s home in paradise.

The Taj Mahal was constructed using the best quality marble from Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan and China.

At different times of the day the Taj Mahal appears to be in different colors, from a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when lit by the moon. Some believe that these changing colours depict the changing moods of a woman.

The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Taj Mahal has a mosque in its premises, which is why the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and only those going for customary prayers are permitted inside the Taj Mahal.

Calligraphy on the tomb of Mumtaz identifies and praises her.

The four minarets of the Taj Mahal have been constructed slightly outside of the plinth so that in case the minarets fell, they would fall away and not on the main structure.

After his death, Shah Jahan was laid to rest in the Taj Mahal besides the tomb of his wife Mumtaz.

The four sides of the Taj Mahal are perfectly identical creating an astonishingly mirrored image on each side. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements.

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