The exquisite, ivory-white marble structure, in India is considered the epitome of Mughai art and architecture, an admired masterpiece of the world’s heritage.
The majestic Taj Mahal, is one of the most beautiful buildings ever created and universally admired architectural masterpiece. A jewel of Muslim art in India, the Taj Mahal is a new Seven Wonders of the World and a major tourist attraction.
Located on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the city of Agra, the massive mausoleum was built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. It was an enduring monument, in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth.
The centrepiece of the entire complex of Taj Mahal is the tomb – a large, white marble structure standing on a square pedestal, and consists of a building with an iwan (an arch-shaped doorway) topped by a large dome and finial.
The Taj Mahal, combines elements of Islamic, Indian, Persian, Ottoman and Turkish styles of art with numerous semi-precious gemstones which forms intricate designs. The central dome is surrounded by four domes with slender towers or minarets at the corners. The surroundings include a garden, fountain, water channel and the gateway – all exquisitely in harmony.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, the Taj Mahal remains one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a stunning symbol of India’s rich history.