The Taj Mahal
Built over a period of twenty two years and employing the use of over twenty thousand workers the Taj Mahal is a love story like no other. It was completed in 1648 at a cost of around 32 Million Rupees and an emperors imprisonment.
The Taj Story
The Taj Mahal was built by a Mongul emperor named Sahah Jahan.Sahah Jahan was born in 1592 and married his wife in Mumtaz Mahal in 1612 and the proceeded to have seven children. In 1628 Shah Jahan became Emperor of the Mogul empire but only three years later his wife died.
In 1632 Sahah began the construction of the Taj Mahal in memory of his late wife. For the next 22 years the Mausoleum was painstakingly planned to ever last minute detail. The building became an obsession Sahah and he was seen as insane by many, including his own son who threw him in prison. He stayed in Agra fort for the last 8 years of his life until 1666. He never saw the Taj Mahal complete.
About the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble and its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description. During a sunset the Taj is luminous and in moonlight she glows like something from another planet.
The Taj mahal is just one part of a huge complex of gardens mosques and tombs. On the left is Mosque and on the right is a guest house which mirror each other and also help to embellish the Taj Mahals Majesty. The Taj is at the far end of the complex, opposite to the main gateway with the river Jamuna behind it.
In 1983 the building became a UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered as the finest example of Mughal architecture in the world as well as being cited as “The jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired Masterpieces of world heritage”.