2.1 Taj Mahal Monumento a love (India)

Taj Mahal, wonder of the modern world

India is one of the most amazing countries of the world, mainly because it encloses a culture completely strange to those who live in the West, and arouses great interest see more conglomerate cities around the world. Today we will visit the Taj Mahal on which there are a number of stories and legends that make a visit to this wonderful unforgettable.
Since the golden years of the India, Agra added a myriad of social and cultural attractions like the Taj Mahal, which is visited by an infinite amount of tourists and not tourists arriving from all corners of the world. To let us know best about what to visit Agra, simplest thing will be to coordinate our trip follows.
On an excursion, we will visit the famous Taj Mahal, and elsewhere will schedule a good Tour of the city.
By the side of the Taj Mahal, we can say that it is a mausoleum that is considered today as one of the seven wonders of the modern world clearly constitute the main attraction of the city, which receives more than 3 million tourists.
To detail it briefly, the Taj Mahal was built by order of the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. In this imposing work of art worked, according to the records, about 20,000 workers.
Set a good tour of the city on the other hand, is very convenient to briefly meet a unique destination. Will be able to tour their city and sites such as the Agra Fort and the mausoleum of Itimad Ud Daulah, but with an obligation to know that the Taj Mahal is a unique tour of 1 or 2 days. Everything else, then.


Taj Mahal is a complex of buildings constructed between 1631 and 1654 in the city of Agra, State of Uttar Pradesh, India, on the banks of the River Yamuna, by the Emperor Mughal Muslim Shah Jahan of the dynasty. The Taj Mahal in honour of his favourite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal.


The Emperor Shah Jahan was a prolific patron, with virtually unlimited resources. Under his tutelage were built the palaces and gardens of Shalimar in Lahore, also in honor of his wife. Mumtaz Mahal gave her husband fourteen children, but passed away in the last delivery and the Emperor, disconsolate, almost immediately began the construction of the Taj as a posthumous gift.
At the end of the 19th century, several sectors of the Taj Mahal were very deteriorated due to lack of maintenance. During the time of the Indian rebellion (1857) was damaged by British soldiers, sepoys and Government officials, who plucked semi-precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls. The restoration ordered by the British Viceroy , Lord Curzon, was completed in 1908 . He also remodelled the gardens in the English style that still preserved. During the 20th century improved the care of the temple, in 1942 the Government built a huge scaffolding covering the dome, in anticipation of an air attack from the Luftwaffe and, subsequently, the Japanese air force. This protection was again erected during the wars between India and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971.


The main material used was the white marble brought from Makrana in Rajasthan quarries. Almost the entire surface of the complex is decorated in the Muslim style, with inlays of precious stones, geometric motifs and transcripts of the Quran. To raise the general structure not used traditional bamboo scaffolding but others, made with bricks, the inner and outer side of the building. The construction of the pedestal and the mausoleum consumed about 12 years, while the rest of the building took one decade, culminating in 1643.

Legend on the construction

Turisbot today we will focus to speak about the history of the Taj Mahal, very famous and known since this selected among the wonders of the world.
In the city of Agra, in the India, lies one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the ensemble of palaces called Taj Mahal, constructed between 1631 and 1654 by order of the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and surrounding the waters of the Yamuna River in one of the most important works of Mughal architecture.
Named as one of the Seven wonders of the modern worldand declared world heritage by UNESCO in 1983, the Taj Mahal, required constant work of about 200,000 workers, and today stands as one of the main tourist attractions of the India.
During the reign of Shah Jahan, the arts had one of his most important patrons. Control to build dozens of palaces and gardens, including the Taj Majhal and Shalimar gardens, among others.
After the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who gave birth to fourteen children of the Emperor, Shah Jahan began almost immediately the construction of an imposing mausoleum that will remind all the inhabitants of the world of the importance of this woman in his life.
With a romantic tinge to the story about the construction of this complex, said that Shah Jahan was so affected by the death of Mumtaz that soon it would perish.
Another interesting detail about the construction of the Taj Mahal legend tells that the Emperor, once finished the work, ordered cut hands the constructors other construction of such beauty is never seen.

Images of the Taj Mahal (India)

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