The Taj Mahal
Across the River Yamuna in Arga, India, you see a dazzling white marble terrace towering 213 feet up from the earth. Four smaller terraces, decorated with inlayed flowers and calligraphy, surround this wondrous structure. All of this beauty sits on a red sandstone base surrounded by a garden, reflecting pools, and smaller buildings. This is the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal, also known as the Crown Palace, was made by the Muslim Emperor, Shah Jahan, for he wanted to honor his late wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Construction started in 1631, and took 22 years to complete. Ustad Isa, an Iranian architect, designed the building, which required over 20,000 workers, and 1,000 elephants (for transportation). The queen and emperorís bodies were placed in the center dome.
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