What materials were used to build the Taj mahal?

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Not just marble....there are several material used. The translucent WHITE MARBLE was brought from Rajasthan, the JASPER from Punjab, JADE and CRYSTAL from China. The TURQUOISE was from Tibet and the LAPIS LAZULI from Afghanistan, while the SAPPHIRE came from Sri Lanka and the CARNELIAN from Arabia. In all, twenty eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble. **The Taj Mahal was built on a parcel of land to the south of the walled city of Agra. **Shah Jahan presented Maharajah Jai Singh with a large palace in the center of Agra in exchange for the land. ** An area of roughly three acres was excavated, filled with dirt to reduce seepage, and leveled at 50 meters above riverbank. **In the tomb area, wells were dug and filled with stone and rubble to form the footings of the tomb. Instead of lashed bamboo, workmen constructed a colossal brick scaffold that mirrored the tomb. The scaffold was so enormous that foremen estimated it would take years to ... more
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