Made of white marble, the sun’s position transforms the Taj Mahal from pale pink at dawn, to bright white midday, warm gold at sunset, and pale blue under the light of a full moon. Genius.
One of the most famous monuments in the world, India’s Taj Mahal, was inspired by love. Built to honor Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum and Mumtaz Mahal’s final resting place. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in1632, a year after her death. The enormous undertaking took a team of 20,000 artisans, a thousand elephants moving heavy building materials, and more than twenty years to complete. Few things can be compared to the Taj Mahal, a true work of art and engineering.
Inspired by a single woman and built by thousands of men, the Taj Mahal is an architectural wonder –– brilliantly complemented by the sun, the moon, and love.