The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in the Agra district in Uttar Pradesh, India. Its construction was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to act as the final resting place for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (as well as Shah Jahan himself), and is now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Construction began in 1632 and they finally finished the mausoleum in 1648, while an additional 5 years was spent constructing the gardens and enclosure. It was built primarily with marble but also incorporated semi precious stones as well. The building consists of a large raised burial tomb with four minarets placed at the corner of the building. A large garden and reflection pond surround the building next to the red stone path that leads up to the Taj Mahal, with a guest house nearby. Nearly 20,000 men and 1,000 elephants took part in the construction. Its main architect, Ustad-Ahmad Lahori, decided to make the building a perfectly symmetrical building.
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