Did you Know? 1,000 elephants were used to transport the building materials to Agra.
Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport the materials needed to build the Taj Mahal. It was mostly white marble and red sandstone that needed to be transported, and it came from all over India and the Middle East. Red sandstone is common in Persian architecture and can be found in other Mughal structures such as Delhi's Red Fort and Jama Masjid, while white marble was used as a representation of the divine.