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The Taj Mahal has been around
for a long time people in India and all around the world enjoy visiting this
beautiful mausoleum. The Taj Mahal is one of the world wonders it is a very
important to the people of India because it represents the rich history of
India. The Taj Mahal is very unique because of how it was built the fact that
they built a mausoleum this big with the tools they had back then is truly
amazing. The reason why the Taj Mahal was built also attracts a lot of people
to go visit the Taj Mahal every year which is around 3 million a year. The Taj
Mahal is known to be the jewel of Muslim art in India.
The beautiful story of the Taj
Mahal began in Agra, India when the emperor of the Mughal empire, Shah Jahan
married Mumtaz Mahal. When she died he was very upset which was very strange
because historians say that most emperors back then had multiple wives, but
Shah Jahan did not. He ordered his men to construct a big mausoleum in the
memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Isa Mohammad was the chief
designer of the Taj Mahal construction. There were over 22,000 people involved
in the construction of the Taj Mahal. The construction of the Taj Mahal began
in 1632 A.D. and was finished in 1648 A.D. This was just the mausoleum itself
they finished the outer courtyard in 1653A.D. In all it took them 21 years to
finish the construction of the Taj Mahal. Historians believe that the Italian
designer Geronimo Veroneo designed the Taj Mahal, but they do not have solid
evidence to back this up. They had over 20 architects working on the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is located on the right bank of the Yamuna river in the massive
The were some incredible
innovations that the planners and architects of emperor Shah Jahan did to build
this mausoleum. Some of these innovations were where they placed the tomb.
Emperor Shah Jahan ordered them to build the two towers on the side slightly
slanted away from the mausoleum to make sure that if there were any natural
disasters they would fall away from the mausoleum and not destroy it. They
placed it at one end of the garden instead of placing it in the center of the
garden. Which added a different perspective view from a distance of the monument.
The Taj Mahal is also protected by the UNESCO. UNESCO is a specialized agency
of the United Nations which is based in Paris. The Indian government provides
funds for the conservation, preservation, and maintenance of the Taj Mahal.
This mausoleum is unique and beautiful I’m glad that they are protecting the
Taj Mahal the way they are.