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The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (U.S. $827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.
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I have visited Taj twice and wasn’t disappointed. Beautiful ornamental works around the thom and views. very tranquil place.
We went in March with all my Fri ds group. I have never visited here more than 20 times still can visit whenever get the chance. Its amazing creation and a truly superb historical place. Awesome creativity.
The Taj Mahal was much more beautiful than bigger than we had imagined! We have seen almost all of the wonders of the world and this certainly is one of the top ones! Go for sunset and then get up and be at the Taj Mahal at 5:30 AM to be able to see the sunrise because there is a line to get in.
What an absolutely amazing structure for a beautiful love story. We have all seen the pictures but nothing compares to the real thing. We visited at sunset and again at sunrise and both are breathtaking. A place everyone should see at least once in your lifetime.
It’s a magnificent building. Just sit across it and you can watch this building for hours, that how beautiful it is. No picture can truly justify Taj Mahal.