Question: Who built the Taj Mahal?
Answer: Shah Jahan, Moghul emperor of India (born January 5th, 1592). He didn’t do it personally, of course. Its construction began in 1631, and twenty thousand workers, as well as its primary architect, Ustad ‘Isa, and other renowned Muslim craftsmen, slaved over it for over two decades, finally completing it in 1653. Constructed of white marble, it is the famous mausoleum of Sha Jahan’s favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who bore him fourteen children in eighteen years and died in childbirth in 1631.
Known world-wide for its superb architectural beauty, the Taj Mahal is considered one of the seven man-made wonders of the world.