Taj Mahal Mausoleum Complex in Agra – India
The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, is a magical place.
A World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal was built in 1631 to be the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Mirza Shahabuddin Baig Muhammad Khan Shah Jahan.
This masterpiece of Indian architecture has a dome measuring 44.4 meters / 145 feet high and is surrounded by four minarets.
“The mausoleum is covered in marble and carved with floral ornaments. The building gets different shades of white depending on the time of the day.”
Agra was built in 1475 by Badal Singh and Sikandar Lodi. It became the capital of the Mughal Empire and has about 2 million inhabitants now.
The Taj Mahal is on the top list of the most iconic buildings in the world. This is also the “ex-libris” of tourism in India.
Special places in India:
- Taj Mahal
- Ajanta Caves
- Dal Lake in Srinagar
- Kanha National Park
- Palolem Beach in Goa
- Virupakhsa Temple in Hampi
- Leh in Ladakh
I share with you some impressive photos of the Taj Mahal. Beautiful images that will make you want to visit India now!
Photos of the Taj Mahal in India
The Taj Mahal is a beautiful mausoleum of Indian Muslim architecture. Its main building is made of white marble and decorated with floral motifs made out of precious and other colored stones.
The Taj Mahal represents the most beautiful and sophisticated example of Mughal architecture, an Islamic empire that controlled much of India. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal took 17 years to be built.
The Great Gate built with red sandstone is called Roza Darwaza and is the main tomb complex entrance.
There is a garden with a giant fountain that goes from the entrance all the way to the tomb. To get to the mausoleum itself, we can walk all this way, taking pictures and visiting the lateral gardens.
The Taj Mahal is composed by:
- West Gate
- East Gate
- South Gate
- Great Gate
- Jilaukhana patio
- Workers living spaces
- Saheli Burj Tombs
- Water canals
- Central pool
- Marble platform
- Mihman Khana
- Mumtaz Mahal Mausoleum
The four decorative minarets with 41.6 meters / 136 feet tall, are placed so as to never damage the mausoleum in case of collapse.
There are two red sandstone buildings on each side of the Taj Mahal. One is a mosque, while the other is just there for architectural symmetry.
We can notice the grandeur of the building on this photo. People are very small near such imposing construction.
Like most of the tombs from the Mongol Empire, the decorative basic elements are of Persian origin.
The four water channels connecting to the central pool symbolize the four rivers of Paradise mentioned in the Quran.
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