October 19, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

The Taj Mahal, often named the world’s most beautiful building, is under serious threat from subsidence.

Signs of stress and physical distortions have begun appearing on the monument’s marble façade.  Low water levels and diversions to the local river Yamuna may be to blame.

According to an unnamed expert from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), repair work has been carried out on large cracks in the foundations.  Access to the building’s lower chambers is restricted – only ASI officials may enter – and until now, questions about the state of the substructure have gone unanswered

It’s thought that a corridor constructed on the bed of the Yamuna and an artificial park may have dramatically changed the physical nature of the area, causing the ground beneath the Taj Mahal to dry out.