An immense monument of love built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the glistening white marble Taj Mahal is a stunning masterpiece of Muslim art of truly massive proportions.
Considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world, the monument endures as a symbol of eternal love. Construction began in Agra in 1632 AD and was completed in 1648 AD, with the mosque, the guest house and the main gateway on the south, the outer courtyard and its cloisters added subsequently and completed in 1653 AD.
The monument is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in a vast Mughal garden that encompasses nearly 17 hectares in the Agra District in Utter Pradesh.
Adding to its uniqueness, the Taj Mahal is a perfect symmetrically-planned building, with an emphasis of bilateral symmetry along a central axis on which the main features are placed. The building is composed of brick-in-lime mortar veneered with red sandstone, along with marble and inlay work of precious/semi-precious stones. The mosque and the guest house in the Taj Mahal complex are built of red sandstone in contrast to the marble tomb in the center.
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