|Location||Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Height||73 metres (240 ft)|
|Architect||Ustad Ahmad Lahauri|
|Architectural style(s)||Mughal architecture|
|Visitors||7–8 million (in 2016)|
|Designated||1983 (7th session)|
It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the Agra Fort, 2.5 kilometers away. It was listed as one of the 7 Wonders of the World in 2007. It is located on the south bank of Yamuna river in Agra. It is a splendid monument, but because of pollution, the Taj Mahal is turning yellow. It Is one of the most notable Islamic architectures built by the Mughals in India.
Construction[change | change source]
The Taj Mahal was constructed with materials from all over the world, and over 20,000 people were used to move building materials. It is generally thought that Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was in charge of the construction. The construction was finished in 1648. The construction of Taj Mahal is about 6000 feet..
Tours[change | change source]
The Taj Mahal had 2 million visitors in 2001 and in 2014-2017 there are more than 7-8 million visitors.
Damages[change | change source]
- Many people think it is one of the most beautiful buildings ever built. However, it is slowly being damaged by acid rain in the nearby Yamuna Basin. A nearby oil refinery has been blamed for some of the damage. In 1996, the Indian Supreme Court said that local industry was harming the Taj Mahal. The court set up an area of 10,400 square meters around the Taj Mahal called the Taj Trapezium Zone. Industries within this zone must use natural gas instead of coal.
- Because of pollution Taj Mahal is getting yellower slowly.
References[change | change source]
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- "Archaeological Survey of India Agra working on compiling visual archives on Taj Mahal". The Economic Times. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
- UNESCO advisory body evaluation.
- Ganguly, Meenaksy (September 10, 2001). "At The Taj Mahal, Grime Amid Grandeur - TIME". time.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "News - Environment: India's famed Taj Mahal is losing its lustre". iol.co.za. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
- Morley, Ian (April 11, 2007). "ArchitectureWeek - Culture - Saving the Taj Mahal - 2007.0411". architectureweek.com. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Why is the Taj Trapezium Zone and why is it called so?". Times of India. May 4, 2008. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2011.