As you approach the famous Taj Mahal of India, your eyes will be drawn up to the incredible white dome, which rises in the center, flanked on each side by more white domes and surrounded by incredible white towers. The construction of this splendid building was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jana as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Taj Mahal architecture
The Taj Mahal is an early example, perhaps the first, of Mughal architecture and is a masterpiece combination of Turkish, Indian, Persian, and Islamic architectural styles. It was designed by an entire team of designers to create and was not completed until 1648, long after Mumtaz Mahal died during their fourteenth child's birth. The gardens and outbuildings of the Taj Mahal were not completed until five years later.
Even the Taj Mahal's outer sections are incredible to look upon, including the gardens, a traditional char bagh, a formal garden of the Mughal period, divided into four parts...