Taj Mahal: 5 Things to Know Before Visiting the Jewel of Muslim Art

Taj Mahal: 5 things to Know before visiting the jewel of Muslim Art

Since you are reading this article, you most likely know that the Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. It is located in India and it looks marvelous. Perhaps you know something else about the mausoleum but there are still things to learn. We’ve made a list of 5 informative facts about Taj Mahal to help you get ready for your upcoming trip.

Number 1: Taj Mahal and WWII

People of India had to hide the creation under a huge scaffold during World War II to protect one of the seven wonders from bombers. Not only during WWII, but also during Indian-Pakistan war and 9/11 attack, the monument was camouflaged from the eye of a potential attacker.

Number 2: Artisans Hands Were not Amputated

The history tells us one thing, but the reality is, perhaps, different. While the story tells us about artisans’ hands being amputated, the facts outline the events in which the main architect was commissioned to work on other projects after Taj. It clearly shows that the Artisan had 2 arms at his disposal.

Number 3: Famous conman “Sold” Taj Mahal repeatedly

The famous conman Natwarlal repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal along with Parliament House of India and other buildings. He later built a temple (named after him) and a statue of himself that is now located at the place where his house once stood.

Number 4: The Interior can blind you

The place has 28 different types of rare, precious and semi-precious stones. The materials were imported to India from Sri Lanka, Tibet, and China. It is not a surprise that a lot of people tried to rub Taj Mahal. During the British Rule, for example, the Mausoleum was violated multiple times.

Number 5: How Expencive is Taj Mahal?

Shan Jenan spent around 32 million rupees on the building (1632-1653). That is an equivalent of around $1,062,834,098. Not quite cheap.

Taj Mahal Tea Sales ($0.03/gram)