13 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Taj Mahal

Editorials News | Jan-29-2018

13 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal was built around 400 years ago but its beauty still continues to fascinate us. Here are 13 facts that you probably haven't heard about before.

  1. When an artisan got to know about Shah Jahan's plan of cutting all workers arms, he intentionally dug a hole on the ceiling of the main hall that is perpendicularly above tombstone of Mumtaz Mahal.
  2. Taj was concealed with a huge scaffold during WWⅡ and Indo-Pakistan war to protect it from bombers.
  3. The story of artisans’ arms being amputated is a myth because apparently, some of the architects worked on Red Fort too.
  4. The 4 minarets of Taj are tilting outwards to protect Taj from calamities like earthquakes.
  5. The foundation of Taj is made out of Timber, which would have eroded years ago if Yamuna wasn't there. The wood is kept strong and moist by the Yamuna River.
  6. Taj Mahal is taller than Qutub Minar.
  7. It had cost around 1,062,824,098 USD in today's money to build Taj Mahal at that time.
  8. The Taj gets around 12,000 visitors every day.
  9. The story about black Taj Mahal was true but Shah Jahan could not complete it as he was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb.
  10. The plinth of the Taj varies but is 2"10 on an average.
  11. The Taj can change the color depending on the light.
  12. An optical trick at the gate makes the Taj look smaller as you move towards the gate.
  13. The fountains ensure uniform water pressure in all the fountains.

By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/lesser-known-taj-facts/#.rg523oc25

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