Why is the architecture of the Taj Mahal considered to be extraordinary?

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The Taj Mahal is a symbol of immortal love, a magnificent tomb created by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The tomb is the centrepiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

Though some attribute the design to Grenimo Veroneo, an Italian in the Mughal service, evidence suggests that it was designed by Ustad Isa Khan Effendi, a Persian, who assigned the detailed work to his pupil Ustad Ahmad.

The Taj was best known for the quality of the marbles used in it. The Makrana white marble of the Taj assumes subtle variations of light, tint and tone at different times of the day.

At dawn it assumes a soft dreamy aspect. At noon, it appears to be a dazzling white, and in the moonlight, the dome looks like a huge pearl!