Most of know about “THE TAJ MAHAL”, and it is the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a famous Indian landmark and a tourist magnet, attracting millions of tourists around the corner of the world.
Here are some Amazing Facts about Taj Mahal, that you need to know:
The construction began in 1632 and completed in 1653. It took 20 years and a number of 20,000 workers approximately to complete.
The material used for construction was carried to the site by a whopping 1000 elephants
The architecture is a combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic Styles.
“AHMED LAHAURI” was the name of the architect who designed THE TAJ MAHAL.
Raw marbles were brought from Rajasthan, Tibet, Afghanistan and China. All the Inlay, cutting and finishing work were done in Agra.
6. Money Spent:
About 32 million Indian Rupees were spent on construction of this great architectural venture. Today this amount would be close to 1,062,834,098 USD.
7. The Minarets:
The four minarets that surround the main dome are slightly tilting outwards. This was done to ensure the safety of the main dome, as in case if they fall they will fall away from the main dome.
8. Dome concealed:
ASI concealed Taj Mahal with huge scaffold bamboo sticks during World War 2, so that enemy would not drop any bomb on it.
A con man named “NATWARLAL” sold The Taj Mahal He also had a temple on his name in his native village Bangra in Bihar, which was built by the people of his village.
10. Taller than Qutub Minar:
It is about four feet’s taller than the Qutub Minar. Yeah that’s a fact Taj Mahal is taller, from the ground level to the top peak taj mahal is 243.5ft whereas Qutub Minar is 239ft.
11. Special feature Fountains:
To ensure uniform and undiminished water pressure, a copper pot was provided under each fountain pipe so that the water first fills in the pot and then only rises to the fountains at the same time maintain the pressure.
12. It Vanished:
Yes, you heard it right it vanished. On 8th November 2000, P.C. Sorkar Jr. an Indian magician successfully managed to create an optical illusion that made The Taj Mahal vanished from the eyes of the public at Kachhpura in Agra.
13. First Selfie:
One of the first selfies taken at Taj was by George Harrison. He used the fisheye lens.
14. Taj Mahal is a man:
Yes, you heard that right as well. Henry Saint Clair Fredericks an American Grammy Award-winning Blues musician uses the stage name, Taj Mahal.
15. Optical Trick:
The makers employed an optical trick so that as you move closer to the gate, the Taj keeps getting bigger and vice-versa.