By : Cole Krautkramer
Completed In - 1653
Time Taken - 22 years
Built By - Shah Jahan
Dedicated To - Mumtaz Mahal, 3rd wife of Shah Jahan
Building Type - Islamic Tomb
Architecture - Mughal ( Combination of Persian, Islamic and Indian architecture style )
Architect - Ustad Ahmad Lahauri
Cost of Construction - 32 crore rupees
Number of Workers - 20,000 people and 1,000 elephants ( used to transport construction materials )
Highlights - One of the 7 Wonders of the World
Meaning - " Crown of Palaces "
Continent - Asia
Relative Location - Located near the Yamuna River in Agra
Location - Agra ( Uttar Peadesh ), India
Timings - Sunrising to Sunset ( Except on Fridays because the Taj Mahal has a mosque in it's premises so only people going in for customary prayers are permitted )
Rs 750 ( Foreign Tourists )
Rs 510 ( CItizens of SAARC & BIMSTEC Countries
Rs 20 ( Domestic Indian Tourists )
No entry fee for children under the age of 15 ( Domestic of Foreign )
Tourists - Over 200,000 from over seas and 2 - 4 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year.
Rumor - It was rumored that Shah Jahan had the hands cut off from the people who worked on the Taj Mahal once it was completed. His reasoning was that nobody would ever be able to build such a beautiful building ever again. Nobody has been able to prove that this story is true.
Stages - The Taj Mahal was built in stages, with the plinth and tomb taking up roughly 15 years. Building of minarets, mosque, jawab, and gateway took an additional 5 years to be completed.
Height - The full height of the Taj Mahal is 171 meters ( 561 feet ) high
Stones - There where about 28 different types of precious and semi - precious stones inlaid into the burial tomb of the Taj Mahal. During the Indian Rebellion in 1857, many of the precious stones were stripped from the walls of the tomb.
Extra - The Taj Mahal also has additional mausoleums, a mosque, a reflecting pool, and large garden to add to it's beauty.
Tombs - The Taj Mahal is perfectly semetrical in every way except for one thing. The 2 tombs inside are not equal in size. This is because the male tomb i has to be larger than the female tomb.
Colors - The Taj Mahal appears to change colors throughout the day. Like…
In the morning it appears to be - Pink
In the daytime it appears to be - White
In the nighttime it appears to be - Golden
Marbles - Many types of marbles were used in the construction of the Taj Mahal and they were bought over from many different states and countries including…
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