The Mihrab-shaped windows are deep and do not have jali screening to block them off. This measurement is dictated by the Taj's distinct design as a whole. The recessed balconies are one of the above-mentioned Persian developments. They provide natural light without blocking views.
There are also large, picture windows at the front of the building. These were most likely meant to allow the public to see inside the palace while visiting its exterior. However, they now serve only this purpose because visitors cannot enter the palace from the outside.
The windows were made with mica sheets framed with wood and painted gold or silver. There are several examples of such decorated windows throughout India. Although they offer no protection from the sun, they do reflect its rays which would help heat the interior of the building.
Some historians believe that this was done to display wealth to others. But the real reason may never be known.
There are some reports that claim that there are electric lights inside the Taj Mahal. But these reports are not true. There are lamps placed at specific angles in each room to provide light when the sun goes down. They look like little portholes since they are placed high up on the wall where nothing can reach inside them except air.
There are also reports that the windows were used for storage.
The Taj was built in commemoration of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, by the Mughal emperor. The Taj used to be gleaming white on the outside. This has faded to different hues of yellow, brownish-black, and green, at least in part. No one is sure exactly why this happened.
When it was first built, the Taj was painted red inside, but over time this has also faded away.
There are several theories about the colors of the Taj. Some say that they're natural colors of marble that have been enhanced by time and nature. Others think that they were caused by pollution or acid rain. There's even a theory that someone might have tried to destroy the structure by painting it black.
All we know for certain is that the colors of the Taj Mahal are not what it was built for.
It was built as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal and her beloved husband Shah Jahan. But they weren't there when it was done up, and so it's only appropriate that their bodies were never placed inside it. It wasn't meant to be visited either, just admired from a distance through gates decorated with lions and peacocks. So in a way, it's more fitting that the colors of the Taj have faded because they weren't intended to last forever.
The Taj Mahal's four minarets feature an octagonal base and a thin cylindrical body topped by an 8-column chhatri. Each minaret is separated vertically into three sections by two balconies reminiscent of the upper gallery. The number of tubes in each section varies between seven for the middle tower and nine for the others.
The Taj Mahal has always been considered as one of the greatest works of human creativity. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum to house his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1647 after three years of construction. It is believed that around 20,000 workers participated in its construction.
An average person can climb 248 steps inside the main entrance portal to reach the top of the central tower for a good view of Agra city. There are also some original graffiti paintings on the walls of the building's entrance which include names of various artists who worked on the project.
After the death of Emperor Shah Jahan in 1666, work on the Taj Mahal came to a halt. In 1776, the building was bought by the government of India who have maintained its beauty today. However, the operation of the elevator inside the monument is now prohibited due to its dangerous nature.
Though the Taj Mahal is still inaccessible to tourists owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, the atmosphere has changed as the Yamuna at the back of the structure affords a lovely vista from the Mehtab Bagh. The Yamuna river inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal, but in recent decades, the river has become a withering lifeblood. Without doubt, this beautiful monument to love would have been just another abandoned building if not for its breathtaking beauty and eternal fame.
The Taj Mahal was originally built for the tomb of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who died in 1666. It was designed by the Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori and constructed over the course of twenty years at a cost of around $15 million (about £10.5 million in today's money). The emperor wanted his burial place to be surrounded by gardens, fountains, and canals, so that no matter which direction he was facing, he would see flowers and fruit trees. The construction site was guarded by fifty soldiers with guns, but once the building was completed, they were replaced by guards without weapons.
Inside, the central dome is supported by eight pillars and covered with sheets of gold and silver. The walls are carved with images of flowers and fruits, and verses from the Koran. In total, there are three thousand two hundred and eighty-one stones used in the construction of the tomb. Each one is engraved with the owner's name and the date it was laid down.
The Taj Mahal embodies the following architectural principles:
A replica of the iconic Taj Mahal was erected by none other than Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's grandson, Prince Azam Shah. It is affectionately referred to as the "Taj of the Deccan" because of its striking similarity to the Taj Mahal...in Agra, India.
The original Taj Mahal is in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is widely considered the greatest monument in the world after the Lighthouse of Tallinn, Estonia. The tomb was built for the wife of the Muslim emperor Jahangir in 1632-33. It was designed by Fauzuddin Ahmed and built by Indian artisans under his supervision. The structure uses many elements from previous Mughal monuments including the examples used by Fauzuddin in his design for the tombs of Jahangir's father, Akbar, and himself.
Azam Shah died in 1676 at the age of 27. His son, Muhammad Shah, continued to live in the Red Fort with its huge collection of paintings by European artists like Rubens and Van Dyck. This must have been quite an experience for a young prince who had never left India before he was sent to the Netherlands to study business management. When he returned to India, he moved into the new palace built for him by his architects. This was also where he lived while trying to gain control of the government during his father's long illness.