Mahal, the symbol of love, is indeed the most exquisite and magnificent architectural phenomenon in the world.
For those who have not visited the dome of love, are surely missing on something. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaaz. Counted as one of the wonders in the world, Taj Mahal remains an enigma for all.
Though you might be well versed with its history, there are a certain facts which you might not be familiar with. We bring to you ten unknown yet interesting facts about the Taj Mahal.
-The Taj Mahal appears pink in the morning, white in the day and changes its color to golden in the moon light.
-The pillars surrounding Taj Mahal are slightly tilted outwards so that in the event of an earthquake they will fall away from the tomb.
-An identical Taj Mahal was supposed to be built in black marble instead of white. The base of it can still be seen across the river.
-Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials during the construction of the Taj Mahal.
-28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble that was used to construct this magnificent work of architecture.
-The Taj Mahal is perfectly symmetrical in every way, except for one thing–the two tombs inside are not equal in size. This is because the male tomb had to be larger than the female tomb.
-The Taj Mahal cost about Rs. 32 million, which in today’s money would probably exceed $1 billion!
-It took 22 years and 22,000 people to build this structure.
-Emperor Shah Jahan ordered that every worker’s hands be chopped off immediately after construction, so that no one could ever recreate the Taj Mahal.
-Despite being the creation of a Moghul king, the architecture of Taj Mahal was globally inspired. It’s a fusion of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture.