The Iconic Taj Mahal

In June 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth, inspiring her grieving husband, Shah Jahan, to build her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal

June 2014 • Jules Verne

The Iconic Taj Mahal

Emperor Shah Jahan I left behind a grand legacy of structures constructed during his reign but it is the Taj Mahal which is the most iconic.

The Taj Mahal
Construction began in 1632 and a labour force of twenty thousand workers was recruited across the Indian empire, Central Asia and Iran. Materials were sourced from all over India and over one thousand elephants were used as transportation. While the white-domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. 

The Taj Mahal is regarded as the finest example of Mughal architecture combining elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman-Turkish and Indian architectural styles with specific inspiration coming from the Gur Emir mausoleum in Samarkand. The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex and like most Mughal tombs, the basic elements are Persian in origin. Throughout the complex, passages from the Qur'an are used as decorative elements.

The Taj Mahal

In 1983 the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage site and is described as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

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