8 Unknown facts about the Taj Mahal

8 Unknown facts about the Taj Mahal:- We have heard many things about the Taj Mahal since our school days, being one of the seven wonders and the most admired masterpiece in the world it attracts millions of visitors annually.

There are still some unheard facts about the Taj Mahal. Its history is so enchanting that you would not be able to stop yourself from visiting this appealing monument. So, here are 10 unknown and most amazing facts about the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is taller than Qutub Minar

Many of you will be amazed by knowing the height of the Taj Mahal is taller than Qutub Minar. The height of the Taj Mahal is 73 m, but on the other hand, the height of the Qutub Minar is 72.5 m. It is not much taller, but we cannot deny the fact that the Taj Mahal is a little taller than the Qutb Minar.

Changing color of the Taj Mahal

The color of the translucent marble of the alluring monument Keeps on changing from dusk to dawn. The Taj Mahal is made from white Makrana marble which is the most famous marble in the world, these marbles have the characteristic to reflect sunlight in different colors. 

Because of these marbles, the Taj Mahal looks golden in the morning, bright white in the afternoon, and looks blueish at night.

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More than 100 elephants were used in the construction of the Taj Mahal

According to many historians over 100 elephants were used during the construction of the enormous monument. Elephants play a vital role during construction work. Elephants were used as a means of transportation, they acted as a  medium for transporting material from one place to another. Elephants transport goods like big rocks, marbles, and many other heavy construction materials.

The Taj Mahal took 22,000 workers and 22 years to be built

It took around 22,000 workers and 22 years to complete the construction of the Taj Mahal. Thousands of expert workers were employed in construction work from all over India. These workers play a major role in construction work.

It said that the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan chopped off the hands of the workers who built the magnificent Taj Mahal. But, it is nothing more than just a myth.

Construction of the Taj Mahl costs 1 billion dollar

Around 32 million Indian Rupees were spent in order to complete the construction of the Taj in 1653. In today’s time, the cost of the Taj Mahal would be around 70 billion Indian Rupees or 1 billion US dollars. The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most expensive buildings in the world. It contains various precious stones, use of the world most expensive Marble, etc. 

More than 30 varieties of stones used 

More than thirty varieties of precious and semi-precious stones were used during the construction of the Taj. These stones were brought from different parts of the world including modern-day Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Sri Lanka. On average, about 30 different varieties of stones were in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

The symmetry of the Four Minarets

The tomb of the Taj Mahal is surrounded by four minarets. All the minarets are of equal size that leans outwards. It is believed that all these minarets are built to protect the tomb during an earthquake or any other natural disaster All these four minarets provide not only protection to the tomb but also give a three-dimensional look. The height of these minarets was 130 feet.

There are more than 10 replicas of the Taj Mahal around the World

 There are more than 10 replicas of the Taj Mahal around the world. But none of them are as beautiful and divine as the real one. 

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