Although the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan first ordered the building of the Taj Mahal in 1632, it took 20 years or so to build it. Ustad Ahmad Lahouri was likely the architect that oversaw the majority of the work. More » Art & Literature Architecture

Construction of the Taj Mahal started on January 8, 1632. The structure took over 20 years to finish, with the last parts being assembled in 1653. More »

The Taj Mahal is predominantly built of white marble embedded with semi-precious stones. Other structures within the mausoleum complex are layered with red sandstone, including the main gateway, mosque and "jawab." More » Geography Asia

Construction of the Taj Mahal cost more than 32 crore rupees, according to, which in today's currency is more than $200 million dollars for the building and its surroundings. More than 20,000 workers cont... More »

Inside the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum for Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan created the Taj Mahal to bury his wife who died in childbirth. More » Geography Asia South Asia

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Taj Mahal from 1632 until 1654 as a monument and mausoleum for his wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz Mahal. In 2005, former Indian Bharatiya Janata Party official V... More »

More than 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants were used in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and took 20 years to complete. Workers came from India, Persia, Europe and the Otto... More »