The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum that was built for Empress consort Mumtaz Mahal by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Shah Jahan built the mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal after she died giving birth to their 14th child.
The Taj Mahal is famous for its amazing architecture, monumental scale and beauty.
The architectural style used for the Taj Mahal was Mughal architecture, a type of Indo-Islamic architecture.
It’s believed that Indian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori designed the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is in Agra (Uttar Pradesh), India, along the southern bank of the river Yamuna.
The GPS coordinates to the Taj Mahal are 27°10′30"N 78°02′31"E.
Construction of the Taj Mahal took over 20 years to complete.
Construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1632 CE and was completed in 1653 CE.
The cost to build the Taj Mahal is estimated to have been $916 million in 2020 U.S. dollars.
It took over 20,000 workers to build the Taj Mahal.
Construction materials from all corners of Asia were used in the Taj Mahal.
It took about 1,000 elephants to transport all the materials needed to build the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal complex, including buildings and gardens, covers more than 55 acres.
The domed marble mausoleum, known as the onion dome, has a height of 115 feet.
The Taj Mahal has the 139th tallest dome in the world.
The Taj Mahal is managed by the government of India.
Between seven and eight million tourists visited the Taj Mahal in 2014.
Taj Mahal Bangladesh is a full-scale replica of the actual Taj Mahal.
Many notable heads of state have visited the Taj Mahal, including but not limited to Dwight Eisenhower, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Princess Diana.
In 1942, the Taj Mahal was protected during World War 2 by building scaffolding around it. This was an attempted to disguise it from the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. The same tactics were used during conflicts with Pakistan.
In 1983, the Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2007, the Taj Mahal was designated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
In 2017, the Uttar Pradesh government didn’t include the Taj Mahal in its official tourism book. The chief minister Yogi Adityanath excluded the Taj Mahal because he believed it didn’t represent Indian culture.