The Amazing Taj Mahal
The Greatest Wonder of the World
Shah Jahan's Sorrow
Shah Jahan was the emperor of Kurram. One tragic day his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died giving birth to their 13th Child. Shah Jahan's Sorrow led him to create the beautiful Taj Mahal in her honor. Shah Jahan later died in 1666, and was reunited with his dear wife Mumtaz in the deep tombs of the Taj Mahal.
Brick by Brick
The Taj Mahal was built from 1632-1654. It took 21 years, 20,000 workers, and 1,000 elephants. The Taj Mahal is made entirely of white marble and gems. The gems were semi-precious Jade, crystal, lapis lazuli, amethyst, and turquoise forming very detailed designs in a technique known as Pietra Dura. The central dome reaches the height of 240 feet. There are 4 other domes around the center dome, along with 4 towers, one at each corner. At the entrance, according to Islamic tradition, there are quotes from the Qur'an that are inscribed around the arched entrance.
Inside the Masterpiece
The beautiful Taj Mahal is known for it's amazing exterior design, but what about the inside. The inside of the Taj Mahal contains the bodies of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. Their tombs are in a burial chamber directly under the central chamber. The burial chamber holds the real graves of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. Mumtaz's grave has passeges from the Qur'an promising god's mercy and forgiveness. The central tomb's floor is paved in octagonal stars along with semi-precious stones forming twining vines, fruits, and flowers on the walls.
Can you believe this ancient wonder is still standing today? I believe the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful sites to see. Next time you take a trip to India, be sure to stop by the Incredible Taj Mahal.