S: TAJ MAHAL
FC: One of The 7 Wonders of the World: The Taj Mahal
1: By:Charmie Adajania & Jessica Dam
2: Why was the Taj Mahal Built? Shah Jahan's wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died after giving birth to their 14th child. The Taj Mahal was built as a remembrance & a tomb towards Mumtaz. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal are both buried under the Taj Mahal.
4: Location \ The Taj Mahal is located on the bank of the Yamuna River. The canal flowing in front of the Taj Mahal is supplied by the Yamuna, and it also supplies the water for the garden. The Taj Mahal is also one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is in Agra, India.
6: The Majestic Entrance There is a beautiful gate as the entrance. It has parts of the Qur'an written on it and also separates the public area from the sacred area. It is made with red sandstone and white marble which means a lot to Hindus and Muslims. Red means loyalty while white means purity.
8: Flower Carvings The artists used a method called pietra dura. It was when the flowers were carved, then marble slabs were filled in so that no gaps were visible. This method made carvings look beautiful. They use blue lapiz lazuli, green jade, red jasper, yellow marble, striped marble, and brown-red agate.
10: Construction of the Marvelous Taj Mahal Construction began in 1632 when Shah Jahan said to lay out pipes for the canals. Then, workers dug wells and filled them with dirt, rocks, and cement. Afterwards, the bricks were made which were then coated with marble. The building was complete after 22 years. After it was done, the emperor ordered for all the workers' hands to be cut off. The reason was that Shah Jahan didn't want another building that was this magnificent to be made again for someone else.
12: A Never-Ending Love Mumtaz Mahal was finally buried under the Taj Mahal. The emperor visited her and talked to her everyday until his son overthrew him and imprisoned him. Shah Jahan then looked out of the prison window at her tomb everyday until his death in 1666. His son then buried him right beside Mumtaz Mahal so that they could stay together forever.
14: The Taj Mahal Today Today the Taj Mahal stands upright and protected. UNESCO officials have taken up the responsibility to protect and preserve this beautiful and majestic monument. They have found some ways to do this and are hoping to find more so that many more generations will be able to take in the beauty of the Taj Mahal.
16: Everlasting Beauty and Love: The Taj Mahal.