Taj Mahal is a symbol of love, it was built by fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife memory, she was called “Mumtaz Mahal”. It is one of the seven wonders of the world and it is splendid therefore it attracts 2-4 million visitors annually with over 20,0000 from overseas. Especially we introduce you to lots of interesting Taj Mahal Facts…
Let’s Look At Awesome Facts About Taj Mahal:
1- Foundation :
It would be shocking for you, the foundation of the Taj Mahal is a wooden foundation. To make a spectacular architecture and solid base the Mughals used their engineering mind, they made deep wells that were filled by rock, wood, and other solid material also. They used ebony wood because the nature of this wood is that when it observes the dampness, it becomes more strong, this was the main reason they built the Taj Mahal nearby bank of the river.
2- Construction & Transportation :
The whole constructions of the Taj Mahal took almost 22 years by 20,000 workers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artist. Its intricate work of art and architectural genius took 17 years to complete and white marble was brought by 1000 Elephants from Rajasthan.
3-Precious & Semi-precious stones :
To decorate the glorious Taj Mahal, they used 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones that were taken from different parts of the world.
4- The white marble and Red sandstone :
Mainly the white marble to built the Taj Mahal was taken from Rajasthan( Makrana City ) and Red sandstone was taken from Fatehpur Sikri.
5- Architect :
To built the impressive Taj Mahal, there were 37 architects from the different parts of the planet, and the main one who leads all of them is that “Ahmad Lahauri”.
6- Calligraphy :
In the Taj, the beautiful calligraphy was done by “Abdul Haq”, who was Iranian. Due to his amazing talent, he got a title by the emperor “Amanat Khan Shirazi”.
7- The total Expense :
The expense of the Taj Mahal was 40 million Indian rupees during the years 1631-1653.
8- The main white Dome :
The most recognizable feature is that white dome at the peak of the mausoleum often called the “ONION DOME”. It rises to about 35 Meters( 115 Feets ) and is surrounded by four other domes.
9- The Towers :
In order to protect the crypt the mausoleum of “Mumtaz Mahal,” chief architect “Ustad Ahmad Lahauri” tilted the towers slightly, so that they would fall away from the rest of the Taj Mahal.
10- Changes colors :
Do you know? Taj Mahal changes colors depending on the light. The Taj is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the noon, golden in the evening and absolutely amazing at night when the moon shines.
11- Greatly famous :
It is great to know the Taj Mahal is only one of the most visited monuments in the world by tourists.
12- Defense :
Archaeological Survey of India department had to cover the Taj Mahal during world war second with the huge scaffolding and green clothes to misguide Air-Bombers.
13- Special feature :
It is an amazing fact of the Taj Mahal, the makers employed an optical trick so that as you move closer to the main gate, the Taj keeps getting bigger and as you move far from the gate, the Taj keeps getting smaller.
14- The hearsay :
The story of the arms of all the workers being cut off is probably a myth because after completing the TAJ MAHAL, the architect worked on another project. The architect who leads the team of architects to build the Taj Mahal laid the foundation of Red Fort also in Delhi.
15- Associate in UNESCO :
UNESCO included the Taj Mahal in 1983 as a World Heritage site and then Taj got the name”Jewel of Muslims” and “Jewel of India”.
16- About Black Taj Mahal :
According to legend, it is believed that emperor Shah Jahan had planned to construct another Taj Mahal for his own tomb in black marble.