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The Taj Mahal

The background and history of the Taj Mahal and what went into building it
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Ashley Trappe

on 13 April 2011

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Transcript of The Taj Mahal

Around the world the Taj mahal is known as a symbol of love an beauty. With that said it also is one of the seven wonders of the world. I will be showing you who the Taj Mahal was created for and by who, special architectual features, and how much it really took to this marvelous building. The Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan Shah Jahan was the man who had the Taj Mahal built . But who was he? born in 1628 B.C. Shah Jahan was known as Prince Khurram. Only after his father, Jehangir, died did he become known as Emperor Shah Jahan. Most significant accomplishment was his time spent building the Taj Mahal Became ill 1657 B.C. When he became ill one of his sons saw it as an oppertunity to over throw him. His son, Aurangzeb, took his throne and imprisoned his father. Shah later died in 1666 while still in captivity. He was later entombed next to one of his wives, Mumtaz Mahal, in the Taj Mahal. The Relationship: Mumtaz Mahal Daughter of highly ranked Mughal officer Married the emperor at the age of 18 Shah fell in love with Mumtaz at first sight
shah's third wife died giving birth to her fourteenth child with Shah emperor and Mumtaz were inseperable Links He built it in her honor: the Taj Mahal took 22 years to complete employed over 20,000 workers men, mules, elephants and hoist and beam pulleys worked together to create the magnificent structure WHAT IT TOOK cost over 32 million rupees to build
(1 rupee= $45.5438 U.S. dollars) workers paid only 3/4 a rupee per month completed in the 1643 C.E. The Building Itself: Built mainly of Makrana white marble perfectly symmetrical Interior and exterior walls are covered with: calligraphic designs, screens inlay work and semiprecious stones Makrana white marble At different times of the day the marble appears to be different colors. This changing in color was meant to be compared to the changing mood of a woman. The color of the marble appears to be pink in the morning, milky during the evening, and gold in the moonlight. thank you for watching please enjoy the cake! diagonal passageways connect interior octagonal chambers
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