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Published On: Sat, Oct 1st, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site Series-The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.

Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.

Southern view of the Taj Mahal
Southern view of the Taj Mahal
Location: Agra, India
Coordinates: 27.174799°N 78.042111°E
Elevation: 171 m (561 ft)
Built: 1632–1653[citation needed]
Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahauri
Architectural style(s): Mughal
Visitation: More than 3 million (in 2003)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type: Cultural
Criteria: i
Designated: 1983 (7th session)
Reference #: 252
State Party: India
Region: Asia-Pacific

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  1. Gorki says:

    Good one!

  2. balachandar says:

    Every one should visit Taj Mahal at-least once in a life.
    so we come to know that how much Shah Jahan loves Mumtaz Mahal.
    his love is still alive in Taj Mahal.

  3. balachandar says:

    it is a wonderful and very important place to visit

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