The making of the Taj Mahal

After 17 years of hard labor by more than 20,000 craftsmen and laborers, the mausoleum was completed in 1648. Mirrored by a crystal clear manmade pond in front and the slate blue Yamuna River behind, the near perfect monument was named the Taj Mahal.
Legend has it that the king cut the thumbs off of the workers so they could not go on to create another Taj, but many say that is just a myth. We went to a marble handicraft store to see how the designs were made- it is painstaking work. The attention to detail was unreal.
The man showing us how things are made said that his family has been in the marble business for over 15 generations. He also said that you have no choice but to make that your profession if you are born into it- otherwise some of the techniques might die.

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