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Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife. Universally admired and regarded as one of the finest examples of Muslim art in India, the Taj Mahal stands as a symbol of 17th century artistry and architectural achievement.
The World’s Greatest Mausoleum
In 1632, grief-stricken by the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor Shah Jahan began construction on the Taj Mahal. Using a team of skilled architects, the site was completed in 1653. Although the gigantic marble dome that surrounds the central tomb is the main focus of the palace, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures.
More than a Tomb
The Taj Mahal consists of The Moonlight Garden to the north of the Yamuna, the terrace area (Tomb, Mosque and Jawab), the charbagh (gardens), the gateway, attendant accommodations, and other tombs, and the Taj Ganji (bazaar). Most of the interiors of the Taj Mahal are jewel-inlaid and each exterior structure displays intricate calligraphy, designed by master calligrapher Abd ul-Haq.
According to UNESCO, more than 2 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. They are attracted by the structural beauty as well as the century old myths that surround the Taj Mahal. Rumors circulated that the Shah Jahan tortured the architects that built his mausoleum. Others say that the Taj Mahal was supposed to be black, but the Shah’s son overthrew him before he could construct it using black marble.
The Taj Mahal is one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World. It’s a sight that you need to see in-person to truly appreciate. If you’re looking to plan a trip to the Taj Mahal, or if you’d like to decorate your home with maps of India, Asia, or anywhere in the world, contact MarketMAPS. We publish the most complete selection of maps of anywhere in the US and worldwide.