The Taj Mahal:

Monument Shaping India


Sydney Morgan,

Language Arts

3rd hour

Mantas Mahal

The Taj Mahal really is a beauty. The unimaginable actually happened after twenty two years of labor. Though it's a final resting place for Mamtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal has changed the way the world looks at India.

Where and When

The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The architect is Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan. It represents the emperors third and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to a child. The Taj Mahal went under construction in 1632 and finished around 1653.

What it Looks Like

The Taj Mahal is beautiful, but took a lot of effort to build. For example, many people died trying to built the Taj Mahal because of the heavy stones and other supplies. It is a white marble mausoleum. The Taj mahal exactly symetrical on all sides creating a mirrored image.

How Many Were Involved

An estimated 22,000 people built the Taj Mahal. More than 1,000 elephants transported the construction material.

The Taj Mahal's Effect

People now look at India with respect and awe because they see the Taj Mahal as a true work of art, and a good work of perserverence as they built the structure through all the pain. "What can I say, its a true beauty," said Anthony Weller.