West Fasade Of Taj Mahal , Agra , India ( The Taj Mahal Is A Mausoleum Located I ...
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Description: West fasade of Taj Mahal , Agra , India ( The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra , India . The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it as a mausoleum for his favourite wife , Mumtaz Mahal . Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648 . The Taj Mahal was built on a stretch of land to the south of the walled city of Agra which had belonged to Maharajah Jai Singh : Shah Jahan presented him with a large palace in the centre of Agra in exchange . Construction began with setting foundations for the tomb . An area of roughly three acres was excavated and filled with dirt to reduce seepage from the river . The entire site was levelled to a fixed height about 50 m above the riverbank . The Taj Mahal is 180 feet tall . The dome itself measures 60 feet in diameter and 80 feet high . The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture , a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian . While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument , the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures . It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as a " universally admired masterpieces of the worlds heritage " . )
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