Taj Mahal or the ‘Crown of the Palace’ is one of the mesmerizing pieces of art and a World Wonder. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the banks of river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. It was made by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his third and most favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of the mausoleum started in 1632 and was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (827 million US Dollar). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor.
Watch the video to get to know some interesting facts about the Taj Mahal which you might not know.