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Built in : 1632-53
Built by : Shahjahan
Location : Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
TAJ MAHAL - THE ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE
The city of Agra is world famous for the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife. However, it is also famous for the Agra Fort, which is a veritable treasure trove of the Mughal architectural tradition. The various buildings within this sprawling fort complex represent the assimilation of different cultures, which was the mark of the Mughal period
TAJ MAHAL - THE IMMORTAL SIGNATURE OF LOVE
Built by a grief stricken Emperor Shah Jehan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal , the Taj Mahal has a structural elegance and pristine beauty that has been rarely matched .
It took 20 thousand men nearly 22 years to build the mausoleum and the finest of skilled artisans were brought in to inlay the white marble edifice with precious stones and to conjure filigreed marble screens around the centaphs of the emperor and his beloved queen . there is a jewel -like quality about the taj mahal .
The beautiful proportioned octagonal structure topped by a perfect dome is balanced by 4 soaring minarets that stand at the corners of the plinth .
The taj mahal is ethereal at any part of the day - blushing in the rosy glow of down or sunset , appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden . perhaps the most moving view of the taj is from an octogonal tower in the agra fort further along the river yamuna . It was here that the emperor shah jehan was imprisoned and wherehe spent his last day gazing at the tomb of his beloved wife .