The beautiful monument of love Taj Mahal was built by the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for almost 22 years / 1631 - 1653 / as a tribute to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died while delivering her 14th child.
It's located on the south bank of Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. The outer side of the facade is made of impressive ivory-white marble while the inner side is made of red bricks.
The mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as being the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
The Taj Mahal is a perfect symmetrical planned building and is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Inside the Taj Mahal in the main chamber are situated the false sarcophagi of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal where visitors have access, while the actual tombs are in the lower level.
The Agra Fort is a historical fort in Agra and it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638 when the Mughal capital was shifted from Agra to Red Fort in Delhi.
It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located just 2,5 kilometers away from the Taj Mahal.
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