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‘Taj Mahal’- The Symbol Of Love!: Know Lesser Known Facts

By Madhuri.A
Taj Mahal is a symbol of love that was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal is undoubtedly one of the best architectural wonders of the world. Its architecture and design have Islamic, Persian and Indian influence
The mogul emperor is said to have spent about 32 million rupees to build the Taj Mahal. If you calculate that sum with today’s value, it would be close to 1 billion USD.
This magnificent monument was built over a period of two decades. It took almost 20,000 artisans to build the Taj Mahal. Thousands of elephants transported the required material to build the Taj Mahal
About 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were used for adorning the Taj and they were sourced from Tibet, China, Sri Lanka and some parts of India.
The minarets of Taj mahal were built slightly leaning outside which gives visitors a larger look.