Taj Mahal means "Crown of the Palace." Its architect was believed to be Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
This is how Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal.
The Mughal Empire covered large parts of modern India and Afghanistan. The first Mughal emperor was Babur (1483-1530).
The Taj Mahal took just over 20 years to be fully completed. The estimated building cost (2015 values) was 52.8 billion rupees ($827 million)!
The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Taj Mahal to be the tomb for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died whilst giving birth to her 14th child!
The Taj Mahal consists of the main tomb, a mosque, a guest house and the surrounding gardens.
The Taj Mahal isn't just man-made; over 1,000 elephants were used to transport construction materials!
It took over 20,000 skilled workers to complete this monumental building!
The Taj Mahal is one of the world's most popular monuments to visit. It is on the bank of the Yamuna river.
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