The White Mausoleum

The beautiful white marble building

What's special 'bout it?

The Taj Mahal. Is one of the most famous buildings ever built. It's a stunning symbol of Indian history, and an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. It has been admired by millions for almost 400 years.

Picture from: http://gallery.mobile9.com/f/840835/

Why was it built though?

The Taj Mahal was ordered by a King to be built as his wife's tomb. The King, was Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan was also part of the Mughal Dynasty, he was a gigantic part of Indian History, the wife's name was Mumtaz Mahal.

Picture of Shah Jahan is below: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/Muraqqa/jahangir.htm

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How was it built, and how long did it take to build?

Excellent question! The Taj Mahal took over two decades to build, and it was finished in 1653. It stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River. Once it was finished, Shah Jahan cut off the hands of all the workers who worked on the Taj Mahal, assuring they will never work on another one just like it. Did I mention that it was build out of.. WHITE MARBLE?

Picture from: http://www.tajmahal.org.uk/taj-mahal-facts.html

Taj Mahal in present day

The Taj mahal today is one of the biggest tourist attractioins in history so far, a symbol of how advanced Indians were back then, of course they still are. It's even considered the 8th world wonder! The Taj Mahal is still beautiful, but over the years it's been losing it's white marble glow.

In Conclusion..

In conclusion, the Taj Mahal has been standing for over two centuries, it's still a beautiful structure, full of history.

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