Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal "A Symbol of Love" this UNESCO World Heritage monument in India at Agra is a love poem in stone.

Built by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shajahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum) from 1631 to 1648 on the river bank of Yamuna.

The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of world heritage. Mumtaz and Shah Jahan were married in 1612.

The name of an Indian architect of Persian descent, Ustad Ahmad Lahori, and other masons, craftsmen sculptors, and calligraphers were summoned from Persia , the Ottoman Empire , and Europe to work on it.

One of the most impressive structures at the monument are the four tall minarets (40 m high) and on the white marble are the 'pietra dura' (inlay work) art which includes geometric elements, plants and flowers, mostly common in Islamic architecture of the time.

TajmahalThe Taj Mahal Agra