The Taj Mahal was built in honor of the emperor Shah Jahan’s late wife, which houses her remains. Located in India, this magnificent mausoleum took more than 20 years to build, beginning in the year 1632. Over 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants took part in building the Taj Mahal. Built out of white marble and stones, such as crystal, amethyst, and jade, it is a great example of the best architecture of the time with its optical illusions and perfect proportions.
Over 3 million people come to see the great Taj Mahal every year, with 45,000 people a day during the busiest times.
Full of optical illusions, the Taj Mahal is a wonder to see. The architects knew how to build proportionately in order to make things appear differently than they really were. The Taj Mahal looks very big and close to the front gate, but in reality, it is not as close as it looks. The tall towers that are around the tomb look straight, but they actually lean outward so that they will fall away from the tomb if there is a natural disaster that causes them to fall.
The symmetry of the Taj Mahal is close to perfect. The architecture is very precise with everything planned out in a stunning way. The main building is reflected in a pool and tall towers surround the famous tomb. The gardens are split up into four areas and there are two red buildings that each face the opposite direction. The only thing that is out of place in the Taj Mahal is where emperor Shah Jahan is buried.
The Taj Mahal is famous for how it changes color. As the day progresses, the color of the mausoleum changes. In the early morning, it looks gray and pink, then changes to bright white in the middle of the day. Around sunset, the Taj Mahal looks like it has an orange tint to it, turning more of a blue color in the evening. Visitors can even see the Taj Mahal on the nights of full moons and eclipses.