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Introduction of Taj Mahal

One of the most important wonder of the Agra is the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and imagination, that represents India to the world.  It is a well-known monument of Agra and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is visited by people from all over the world, it is one of the mostly visited and most photographed places in the world. The foundation of Taj Mahal was laid by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beautiful spouse Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1983. Taj Mahal is well-known as "the jewel of Muslim art in India. At this place, Emperor Shah Jahan spent his last days in imprisonment, starring at the tomb of his wife. Most heart touching view of Taj Mahal can be seen from a little octagonal tower in the Agra fort across the River Jamuna. Taj Mahal was the conclusion point of Indo-Persian architecture. Regardless of whether you see it ethereally floating in the moonlight, blushing in the rosy glow of sunrise or reflected in the pools of its gardens, it is charming.


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History of Taj Mahal

Eighteen years after Shah Jahan became emperor, Mumtaz Mahal, the darling wife of Shah Jahan died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child in 1630. The emperor went into pain and promised to built a magnificent tomb in her memory, unlike any other monument of the world. It was named the Taj Mahal, a superior monument in pure marble. It take about 22 years for the construction of this monument by 20,000 labourers. The height of this superior monument is 187 feet at the central dome. The marble and other items were brought in from all over India and central Asia for the construction of Taj Mahal. Sandstone was bought from Fatehpur Sikri, Makrana Marble from Rajasthan, Turquoise from Tibet, Sapphire and Lapez Lazuli from Bundelkhand, Jasper from Punjab, Amethyst and Onyx from Persia, Crystal and Jade from China. The skilled artisans inlaid the white marble structure with valuable stones and built a lacy stone screen around the graves of the emperor and his darling wife. It is a belief that Taj Mahal was designed by Ustad Isa Afandi. This monument was a symbol of Shah Jahan's everlasting love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Some prominent places in the Taj Mahal are the Jilo Khana which is situated at the main entrance of the tomb built in red sandstone. The Jilo Khana is about 204 yards long and 150 yards wide.

Taj Mahal Agra

Taj Mahal Agra

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Tombs Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

Rest House Taj Mahal

Rest House Taj Mahal

 

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