Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal in Agra, India is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed.
The Taj Mahal is made from white marble stone with precious gems and stones pressed into its walls.
The only asymmetrical object in the Taj is the casket of the emperor which was built beside the queen's as an afterthought.
There are numerous significant and striking elements in the Taj Mahal. The marvelously graceful piedra dura (or stone inlay work) that Adorns many surfaces. This includes the three major elements of the Muslim decorative arts: the sayings from the Q'uran, geometrical shapes and a variety of plant forms and flowers, often repeated as borders. The marble and precious stone inlays are so skillfully fit together that one can hardly detect a seam, even with close examination.
The white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal ("Chosen of the Palace")
The Taj Mahal is easily the most celebrated building in India, if not the world.