The Taj Mahal

FAQ about the Taj mahal

Who built the Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal's construction was commissioned by the region's Mughal emperor at the time, Shah Jahan. He was the reigning ruler over India from 1628 to 1658. 

Why was the Taj Mahal built?

Shah Jahan had several wives at the time of his rule. His favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631. As a great homage to her, Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built. It would then go on to serve as a monument and tomb for her. 

Is it a church?

The Taj Mahal is often mistaken as some sort of church. It is not and never has served such a capacity. It is strictly a shrine and final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan.

Is it a mosque?

Although built and maintained according to Islamic faith, the building does not officially serve as a place of worship. It is neither mosque nor church.

Where is the Taj Mahal Located?

The Taj Mahal is located in India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The actual city that it resides in is Agra.

How old is the Taj Mahal?

This incredible facet of India's deep history was completed in 1653. As of 2016, this puts the building's age right at around 363-years old.

How long did it take to build it?

The structure was commissioned in 1632 and completed in 1653. It took approximately 21 years of construction to complete.

How tall is the Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal stands at 73 meters tall. This is the equivalent of 240 feet.

Is it a Mausoleum?

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum, as it serves as the final resting place for Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

What does Taj Mahal mean?

Taj Mahal is simply Persian for “Crown of Palaces”.

Why was it important?

The Taj Mahal was very important for many reasons. It was a dedication to the important rulers of the time of its birth. It was, and still is, an architectural and cultural marvel of the entire world.

Who was the builder?

There was no singular building team. The structure was built by groups of city workers, area experts in building at the time, and even private citizens that wanted to play a part.

Which empire was the Taj Mahal part of?

The Taj Mahal is considered a part of the Mughal Empire, as it was built for the recently deceased Mughal empress, Mumtaz Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an incredible piece of world history. As such, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and has since been an admiration to the world.