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Wonders of the World - TajMahal India
Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built on the southern bank of the Yamuna river, outside Agra in India. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal whose real name was Arjumand banu beagum. She died in a child birth in Bhuranpur in 1631 A.D. They got married in 1612 A.D the building was planned to be built in 1632 A.D. It was built by a group of men from India, Persia, Central asia,and beyond. About 20,000 workman were employed daily to complete the complex at the expense of 40,000,000 rupees. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. And superisingly, this has become a famous tradional love story. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648.

Imagine!!, 16 years spent to build a tomb for his beloved wife by Asian Romeo. Some dispute surrounds the question of who designed the great Taj; it is clear a team of designers and craftsmen were responsible for the design, with Ustad Isa considered the most likely candidate as the principal designer. The Taj Mahal (sometimes called "the Taj") is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures.

It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as a "universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".

The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia. Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials during the construction. The translucent white marble was brought from Rajasthan, the jasper from Punjab and the jade and crystal from China. The turquoise was from Tibet and the Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, while the sapphire came from Sri Lanka and the carnelian from Arabia. In all, 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble.

A rough indication of the cost of the construction of the Taj Mahal can be gained by comparing the price of gold at the time of building and the price of gold now: The total cost of the Taj Mahal's construction was about 32 million rupees. [Citation needed] At that time, 1 gram of gold was sold for about 1.4 rupees Based on the October 2005 gold price that would translate to more than 300 million US$. Interpretation of such a comparison of the value of gold must take into account the multifarious differences in the two different economic eras
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