A Brief Look at the Taj Mahal

529 Words Jan 30th, 2018 2 Pages
A mix of Indian, Persian and Islamic characteristics, the two decade long project is a renowned “Wonder of the World” that boasts an emotional and romantic history; it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal era in a splendid tribute to his deceased wife. To this day, the Taj Mahal continues to be a famous landmark and cherished piece of Indian art. The Taj Mahal, or “crown of palaces,” was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to be built in Agra, India, on the bank of the Yamuna River (“Taj Mahal Facts” 1). Shah Jahan married Arjumand Banu Begum in 1612, and she was his third wife. However, Shah Jahan quickly took to her beautiful looks and charming personality and dubbed her Mumtaz Mahal, meaning “Chosen One of the Palace” (“The Taj Mahal” 1). Being his favorite wife and faithful companion, Mahal and Jahan traveled together frequently and came to have many children. During the birth of their fourteenth child, however, Mumtaz Mahal tragically died. To commemorate his love for her, Jahan ordered the greatest mausoleum of all time to be built in her honor: the Taj Mahal (“History of Taj Mahal” 1). The Taj Mahal is actually a system of buildings that consists of a mosque, an extensive flower garden, a reflecting pool, and a variety of burial buildings, including one for Emperor Shah Jahan himself . Because of the monumental size of the project, the Taj Mahal was not completed until 1653; it took…
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