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What is inside the Taj Mahal?

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Inside the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum for Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan created the Taj Mahal to bury his wife who died in childbirth.

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The Taj Mahal contains a mausoleum, tomb chambers and various rooms that are closed to the public. The walls inside the building are decorated with calligraphy and elaborate floral carvings embellished with gemstones. Mumtaz Mahal means "chosen one of the palace," which is how the Shah referred to his favorite wife; her real name was Arjumand Banu Begam and she was a Persian princess. The Taj Mahal is one of the eight wonders of the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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    When was the Taj Mahal built?

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    Construction of the Taj Mahal started on January 8, 1632. The structure took over 20 years to finish, with the last parts being assembled in 1653.

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    What is the importance of the Taj Mahal?

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    Appearing in several lists of world wonders, the Taj Mahal is not only one of the largest tourist attractions in India, it is also the most well-known example of Mughal architecture. Sometimes described as "the most famous tomb in the world," it reflects the pride and identity of Indian Muslims as an example of the achievements of the age of Mughal rule, a period of progress and stability considered a high point in India's cultural history. According to UNESCO, the tomb is recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India."

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    In which city is the Taj Mahal located?

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    The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, which is in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1653. Agra is located near the Indian capital city of New Delhi.

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    What materials were used to build the Taj Mahal?

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    The materials that were used for the construction of the Taj Mahal included various types of stones and bricks, red and silver clay, tiles, reed glue, glass and a cement-like substance that constituted a mixture of lime mortar, molasses, sugar-bubbles, belgiri-water, urd-pulse, fossilized soil, jute and curd. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, commissioned masons, inlayers, carvers, bricklayers, calligraphers, painters and other craftsmen to build the colossal structure for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

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