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10 Strange Facts about Taj Mahal

Posted on May 06, 2014 by rohit.mahajan.52 | India | Agra | Comments

Taj Mahal is considered as the 7th wonder of the world and is well known as an epitome of love. This mausoleum made out of white marble was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  Even today one can see the delicate minarets, the archways which have been gracefully curved and the domes which appear in the shape of an ice cream. There are few facts about which most people are unaware of. Lets us carefully know what these are:

1. It is believed that more than 22,000 people helped in the construction of this massive monument, which comprised of several painters, stonecutters and embroidery to name a few.

2.  As per the historians Emperor Shah Jahan was keen to build another Taj Mahal in the color black, which would have been built on the other side of the Taj Mahal.

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3. Upon visiting the Taj Mahal you will notice that the monument changes it color as per the different times of the day, and varies from a pinkish hue in the morning, it appears milky white in the evening and golden at night when lit by the moon

4. It took 17 years for the monument to be completed..

5. It is believed that the emperor Shah Jahan was so depressed when his wife dies, that all his hair became white in a few months.

6. The four sides of the Taj Mahal are exactly identical and thus create an interesting mirrored image on each side. The principles of self-replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements were used here.

7. The Taj Mahal is surrounded by beautiful and well maintained gardens, besides many buildings like a mosque and guest houses, which are all spread in an area covering 17 hectares of land.

8. The Taj Mahal is 171 metres or 561 feet in height.

9. It is interesting to note that more than 1,000 elephants were employed for transporting the construction materials used to building the monument.

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10. During the revolt of 1857, the britishers ripped out may precious stones from this epitome of love.  

The Taj Mahal is a part of the Golden triangle which is a very important tourist itinerary comprising of the cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. 

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