Despite what we know, this great structure remains a mystery place.

For the first time to India, it is almost impossible to skip the bucket list worthy Taj Mahal. The mausoleum in Agra is India’s most famous monument and a sublime sanctuary for eternal love. Built between 1632 and 1647 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal was dedicated to Jahan’s favorite woman, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. But despite his iconic form, much of his history is still mysteriously hidden. Here are some things about the marble coat wonder you might not know.

Optical Illusions Can Be Seen Everywhere

The Taj Mahal architects and craftsmen were masters of proportions and tricks of the eye. When approaching the first gate that hit the Taj, for example, the monument is incredibly close and large. But when you get closer, it shrinks in size – exactly the opposite of what you would expect. And although the minarets around the grave look perfect, the towers actually look like both function and function. In addition to the aesthetic equilibrium, the pillars will crumble in a disaster like an earthquake of the main crypt.

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Railroad line inspector, Agra, India, 1983, INDIA-10415NF2; Two men pushig a cart down the rail road tracks with the Taj Mahal in the background.

The Most Famous Myth Is Probably Fake

According to a popular legend, Shah Jahan desperately wanted to be a wonderful masterpiece for the mausoleum without being equal. In order to ensure that nobody could restore the beauty of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan switched off his hands and closed the craftsmen and craftsmen’s eyes. Despite the prevalence of this horrendous story, historians have not found evidence to support the story, although it increases the drama of the romantic tragedy.

Both Cenotaphs Are Empty

Within the Taj Mahal, the cenotaphs who honored Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan were enclosed in an eight-sided room decorated with pietra dura (a half-brick inlay) and a marble grid. But the beautiful monuments are for the show only: the real sarcophagus lies in a quiet room at the bottom, at garden level.

Taj Mahotsav Agra 2017

Taj Mahotsav Agra 2017

It Is (Almost) Perfectly Symmetrical

The Taj Mahal is the highlight of Mughal architecture, built with impeccable symmetry according to the style styles of the period. Minarets flank the dome grave and a central swimming pool reflects the main building. The gardens – an earthly depiction of paradise – are divided into quadrants, and twin red sandstone buildings (an eastern mosque and a western guest house) give the mausoleum complex a balanced harmony. However, there is one exception. Shah Jahan’s cenotaph is specially positioned west of the central axis, which makes the balance shed. The odd placement has led many people to believe that he should never be buried.

The Taj Gets Regular Facial Treatments

Age and pollution have a toll on the shiny white marble facade of Taj Mahal, which has become bruingeel under sultry conditions. On occasion, the monument will have a spa day. Specifically, a mudpack face called multiani mitti. This traditional recipe used by Indian women to restore the appearance is applied, then washed with brushes, after which the Taj’s spots disappear and return its glow.

It Changes The Color Throughout The Day

One of the Taj Mahal’s allures is its ever changing hue. From the morning until dusk the sun transforms the mausoleum. It may seem pear gray and light pink at dawn, gorgeous white at noon and an orange bronze when the sun goes. In the evening, the Taj may appear translucent blue. Special tickets are even sold for full moon and eclipse views.

A Second Black Marble Taj Mahal Was Planned

Remember the random placement of Shah Jahan’s cenotaph? Local lore says that Shah Jahan wanted to make a shadow image about the Yamuna River – an identical but opposed Taj Mahal that was shrouded from black marble where he would be vaccinated. It was said that construction came to a halt after Shah Jahan was laid down by his son (ironically, a child of Mumtaz Mahal) and captured in the nearby Agra Fort. Some historians have also rejected this story as a folklore.

It Was So Much of a Symbol of Strength as It Was Of Love

Accounts have shown that Shah Jahan as leader was more ruthless than romantic. For all associations of dedication and ardor, the Taj was also a source of propaganda. The ordered symmetry of the complex symbolizes absolute power – the perfection of Mughal leadership. And his great scale and extravagance (crystal, lapis lazuli, macrana marble, turquoise) brought only glory to Shah Jahan’s reign.

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