A Wonder of Majestic Beauty

by The Taj Mahal Has Stood for Nearly 400 Years

by Kayla Hollis, age 11

In 1631, Arjuman Banu Began died giving birth to her fourteenth child. Her husband, Shah Jehan, the Moghul Emperor in India, was devastated. He sought to build a tomb in her memory that was like nothing else in the world. “The Taj Mahal” would symbolize his great love for her. And after 22 years, with the help of 20,000 workers, his desire was realized.

The Taj Mahal, was named for the nickname of Sha Jehan’s late wife. after his late wife’s nickname, “Mumtaz Mahal,” which means “chosen one of the palace.” Tourists from all over the world fill this scenic tomb daily and have not yet been disappointed by its beauty. This dome shaped monument has stunning architecture with a beautiful marble structure and rooftop. These, along with the Taj’s surrounding gardens, its reflections in the water, and its fantastic symmetry, are some unique and rare features that make this monument special. It is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. While standing on benches outside of the palace, tourists take pictures with their arms outstretched, giving the illusion that they’re pinching the top of the dome.

The Taj Mahal is made of marble, shipped from 200 miles away, with precious stones embedded in it. At one time, the Taj Mahal also featured silver doors, a gold railing and a cloth of pearls that once laid over the queen’s cenotaph, which stood directly above the actual burial place. Sadly, thieves stole these beautiful items. Thieves also attempted to remove the precious stones inlaid in the marble. Despite these losses, the burial place remains breath-taking.

Shah Jehan’s son, Aurangzeb, usurped his father in 1658 and held him under house arrest until his death nine years later. While Shah Jehan stayed in a fort in Agra, he had a view of the Taj Mahal in the distance. After his death, he was buried next to his wife.

The Taj Mahal still stands today and welcomes thousands of visitors who marvel at its beauty.

[Source: 100 Great Wonders of the World]

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