Originally posted on Smart Shots from Smart Phones:
The Taj Mahal is one of those monuments that defeats the best writers. How do you properly eulogize the extraordinary love of one man for his wife? A love that led to the creation of a monument that is celebrated worldwide as the symbol of love. I don’t think I can, so will just stick to the facts.
The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument, the elaborate gardens and the whole complex are said to represent the palace of his wife in paradise. The tombs of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan lie within this structure.
It took a workforce in excess of 20,000 workers, sculptors, calligraphers, inlayers, stonecutters, specialists of all kinds–including an expert on turrets and another who only carved marble flowers to complete it. Craftsmen from all over the world came in to…
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