The iconic Taj Mahal is a famous landmark. This white marble mausoleum, located in Agra, India, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of Taj Mahal took almost 22 years. Now you can build your own mini-Taj Mahal in an hour and half or so.
Ravensburger's Taj Mahal 3d puzzle comes in 216 carefully constructed plastic puzzle pieces, including curved and hinged pieces which interlock to create a model of India's most recognisable monument.
It comes in a sturdy box, with an instructions book, and puzzle bits and pieces. You start building at the base, and work your way up. The puzzle pieces are made of plastic and have numbers on the back to make the construction easier.
The design is a work of artist Steph Dekker. The attention to detail is simply stunning.
As you can see from the photo below, each piece has a number and a little arrow pointing which way the next puzzle piece should be attached.
I was worried it would be difficult to assemble the palace, but it was a real pleasure.
Once we sorted the puzzle pieces in tens, then it was easy to construct.
You build the big cupola, and the mini-cupolas are ready-made. The whole palace measures 34x34x24.2cm.
This is a superior puzzle, a real gem. It is elegant and beautiful, and would make a super present for anyone who loves puzzles (suggested age 12-99).
I loved it so much, that I am thinking of getting another puzzle as a gift to our Daddy. I have seen a Leaning Tower of Pisa puzzle from Ravensburger, and think it would make a great Father's day gift to my husband, who as a paratrooper was based in Pisa. Years ago, I visited Pisa with him and even went to see the barracks where he was based.
We'll keep our Taj Mahal puzzle on display on the book shelf.
Disclosure: I received the 3d puzzle for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are mine.
If you loved this review, you might enjoy reading a review of Ravensburger Big Ben 3d puzzle written by my friend Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews.