Sold repeatedly by a conman! There are many such lesser-known and mind blowing facts about this grand mausoleum that you may not know. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and rightfully so because of its endearing beauty and rich heritage. It is one of the most iconic structures in the world and has made it to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Built in the fond memory of Mughal queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful structure leaves every tourist in awe. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it for her after she passed away giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Around 2,000 artisans handled the project and its cost is estimated to be approximately an equivalent value of ₹ 52.8 billion (US$ 827 million) today.
Want to know more about this famous ‘tomb of love’? Read on to find out what inexplicable secrets lie hidden behind the majestic grandeur of this magnificent mausoleum. Here are 25 incredible facts from the history of the Taj Mahal.
1) The chief architect was Persian
The chief architect of the Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, was not an Indian. He was a Persian architect who it is believed also lay the foundation of Red Fort in Delhi.
2) Imported precious stones
A total of 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones were imported from various countries like Tibet and China and set in the white marble around this monument.
3) The secret of the minarets
If you look at the Taj Mahal closely, you’ll find that the four minarets on its sides are slightly tilted. It was built that way on purpose to prevent the structure from falling apart in the event of an earthquake.
4) Changing pattern of colours
The Taj Mahal reflects different shades at different times of the day due to the reflection of sun. It changes from shy pink in the morning to milky white in the evening and burnished golden on a moonlit night. It is believed to be the changing moods of a woman, specifically Mumtaz Mahal.
5) 99 Names of Allah in calligraphic inscriptions
The calligraphic inscriptions on the walls of the Taj Mahal are fascinating. You can find 99 names of Allah and excerpts from the Quran inscribed on its walls.