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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.

The Taj Mahal was inlaid with semi-precious and rare stones such as agate, turquoise, onyx, goldstone and magnet stone. The guest house and the mosque were mainly constructed using red sandstone, while the tomb was made out of white marble.


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