During a recent visit to India, I had the honour, and it is an honour to visit the Taj Mahal. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and so it should be. It is the most beautiful building I have ever seen and in my profession I make a point of visiting fabulous palaces, stately homes, and other magnificent places. It was built for a love lost with a tragic end. It is a mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Who lost his favourite wife after she gave birth to their fourteenth child! The story goes that as she was dying she asked him to show how much he loved her. Which he did by building this iconic memorial.
The perfectly symmetrical design, that has architectural elements that trick the eye, is made purely from Indian marble, semi precious and precious stones. Indian marble is the hardest marble in the world which has enabled it to look as beautiful today as it did the when it was first built. You can only marvel at the craftsmanship of the stone masons and be in awe at the skill of the marquetry of the inlaid semi precious stones in shapes of flowers and birds with Arabic text that as it rises up the building looks the same size from the ground. No expense was spared, it took only x years to build with over 20,000 men working on it day and night. It almost bankrupt the kingdom and the Raj’s third son in objection to this extravagance decided to take matters into his own hands.
He murdered his two elder brothers, inprisoned his father and made himself the new Raj. The father requested that he should be able to look at the Taj Mahal from his prison cell everyday, which he was granted and eight years later he joined his wife in the Taj Mahal.