The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal
Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632
The architecture of the Taj Mahal combines eleiments of IslamiGs ndian, Persian, Ottoman and Turkish stes of art
While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone. Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid wit semi-precious stones.
The tomb is the central focus of the entire complex of the Taj Mahal
Each side of the iwan is framed with a huge pishtaq or vaulted archway with two similarly shaped arched balconies stacked on either side.
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The minarets, which are each more than 40 metres (130 ft) tall, display the designer's penchant for symmetry