Here are some interesting tidbits about the Taj Mahal. Some of these are legends, some are facts, and some we don't know if they are fact or legend. Maybe you can decide.
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|Legend has it that Shah Jahan had planned to contruct another Taj Mahal in black marble on the other side of the river, but the war with his sons interrupted his plans.|
|Some people think that the Taj Mahal was designed by Geronimo Veroneo, an Italian.|
|Supposedly, there are two staircases on the northern side of the red sandstone plinth that lead into a basement containing 17 chambers, with a third crypt in the center.|
|Some important studies feel that the Taj Mahal is sinking.|
|Muslim and Hindu wedding traditions require brides and grooms to have their hands decorated with beautiful patterns on their wedding day.|
|Flowers in vases are Islamic symbols of the bounty promised to the faithful in paradise.|
|It is believed to have cost 35 million rupees to build the Taj Mahal. (That would be about 1 million dollars in American money.)|
|The name Taj Mahal when translated means "Crown Palace" or "Crown of the Palace."|
|Some think that the changing colors of the tomb depict the different moods of a woman.|
|The Taj Mahal is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.|