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October 26, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM
Everything You Need To Know About The Iconic Taj Mahal In India

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Everything You Need To Know About The Iconic Taj Mahal In India

The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous, and iconic, landmarks in India - this is how it got that way, and what to know before visiting.

The Taj Mahal is the most recognizable building in India and a magnificent work of art. It is a stunning ivory-white marble mausoleum. it was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shan Jahan. The Mughal emperor Shan Jahan built the mausoleum to house his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He would also be laid to rest there himself.

Today it is one of the main attractions in all of India and a must-see for anyone visiting the country. Be sure to read up about it first though to enhance the experience, there are some things that everyone should know about the Taj Mahal before visiting it.

History Of the Taj Mahal

It is also a symbol of the enduring love of a husband for his favorite wife and a testament to how wealthy the Mughal empire was at this time. During his reign, the Mughal empire was at the high point of its wealth and power (the Mughals were Muslim Turco-Mongol invaders from Central Asia who took over much of India).

  • Favorite Wife: Shah Jahan Called Her Mumtaz Mahal or "Chosen One Of The Palace"

The poets of his court wrote that the moon hid its face in shame because of her beauty. Unfortunately, Mumtaz Mahal died prematurely during childbirth in 1631.

  • Built: From 1632 to 1643 (Largely Complete By Then)

 

In a cruel twist of irony. Shah Jahan would live out the last of his days gazing out at the majestic mausoleum that he had built that housed his beloved wife and was to house him. He had been overthrown by his son Aurangzeb who had seized the throne and imprisoned his father in Agra's Red Fort. From here he had a commanding view of the Taj Mahal from the confines of his prison window.

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