Five lesser-known facts about the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece in Agra, India, stands as an eternal symbol of love and Mughal grandeur, its ivory-white marble exquisitely adorned with intricate designs and surrounded by serene gardens. 

Taj Mahal's hues shift with daylight, appearing pink at dawn, white during the day, and gold by moonlight due to how its marble interacts with sunlight. 

1. Changing Colors 

The four minarets tilt slightly outward to protect the main structure in case of an earthquake, showcasing the architects' thoughtful design strategy.

2. Minaret Leaning

Quranic verses on Taj's walls use an optical illusion – uniform-sized letters visually adjust to maintain consistent appearance despite increasing in size upwards. 

3. Inscribed Verses 

Though rumored, historical evidence is lacking for Shah Jahan's intent to build a Black Taj Mahal, a theory more likely borne from legend than fact. 

4. Black Taj Mahal Myth 

Pietra dura technique adorned Taj Mahal's exterior with intricate designs, featuring semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli and jasper inlaid into the marble. 

5. Multi-Precious Stone Inlay  

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