Defined as an UNESCO world heritage site in 1983 and chosen as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007, the Taj Mahal has definitely earned its place in history. Located in Agra, India, this is one splendid piece of architecture you shouldn’t miss if you happen to be in the neighborhood. While you surely know the name of this place, what do you really know about it? Here is some useful information for visitors.
How It Came to Be
The Taj Mahal is in fact a love monument. Back in 1632, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan started building it to commemorate his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Legend has it that right before her death, she asked her husband to make the world remember their grand love. The meaning of the name “Taj Mahal” is actually “crown place” while Jahan’s wife’s name means “the lady of the palace.”
How It’s Designed
Architecturally speaking, the Taj Mahal is an impressive combination of Muslim and Persian architecture along with Indian influences. The 42-acre complex includes a large garden, divided in four by water canals; a mosque; and the mausoleum itself which is located at the center of the complex. Many people know the iconic marble dome on top of the tomb, which is almost 115 feet high.