The Taj Mahal

By:Claire Brinson

Meet the Taj Mahal

Around the world everyone knows the eight wonders of the world, right? Well, technically there are many versions of the eight wonders of the world list. On some lists there are things like the Great Wall of China, but on others is the great Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is easily one of the most extravogant and beautiful monuments of all time.
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It wasn't an easy build

Completed in 1653 and taking over 22 years to complete I think its easy to say that it couldn't have been an easy build. It cost a whopping 32 million Rupees to complete. Which is about $517,255.31. Talk about alot of cash! Work force you ask? Hows about 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to carry all the heavy supplies? The entire thing is built out of white marble which is not exactly light. Hence the long time to complete and many helping hands.

History

The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan (1592-1666), the fifth Emperor of India, in memory of his late wife Ajumand Banu. Ajumand was Shah's favorite wife and therefor renamed her Mumtaz Mahal meaning "the chosen one of the palace." They fell deeply in love and as a sign of her loyalty she bore him 14 children and died in childbirth.


Shah mourned for two years before deciding to build a palace in her honor. According to Islamic culture, a woman who dies in childbirth is a martyr; her barial place is holy and must be attained justly. (A martyr is someone who dies because of their religious beliefs.) To comply with this Shah traded four of his properties in exchange for this one piece of land.

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If you've ever seen a traditional palace like those in fairy tales, think again. The Taj Mahal is exactly the opposite. The palace sparkles in the sunlight with all the gems imbeaded in its white walls. It's well known as the white domed mausoleum, but it is a intricately built structure. People today still think its archicictural beauty has never been surpassed. Comments have been made like, "elegy in marble" and, "architecturly beautiful."

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