One of the Seven Wonders of the World Taj Mahal is a beauty nothing can compete with. It is also a sign of true love for this was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. In Persian it means ‘crown of palaces’ and it truly is in the literal form. Located in the city of Agra, one can easily visit here from the capital of India, New Delhi. Considered as the finest example of a mixture of the Persian and the Indian architectural style, this is one of the best Mughal’s creative structures.
The legend is that during the 17th century when the time was very favourable and the Shah Jahan’s rule was at its glory, his third wife Mumtaz died while giving birth to their 14th child. Emperor Shah Jahan was so grief stricken that he had stopped all of his activities in the pain of losing her. Therefore in her memory he ordered to build a beautiful token of love for her and he himself supervised it personally. The construction began in the year 1632 and was completed by 1648 and the surrounding gardens were completed by 1653. They say it took more than 20, 000 workers to create this magnum opus. It was made so beautifully and with so much precision and love that when it was ready it was like heaven on earth. Shah Jahan was very much impressed with the workers but he also wanted to ensure that no other place in the world has a copy of such a beauty and therefore he cut the hands of all those designers and workers present during that time in his court.
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