5 Fascinating Facts about the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an Islamic tomb located in Agra, India. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 1653, and the site is a favourite tourist destination. Here are some facts about the Taj Mahal that you may, or may not, know.

#1.)    It’s basically a memorial

Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his third (and favourite) wife, Mumtāz Mahal. If I had to guess, I’d say he missed a few birthdays and wanted to go big at the end. It is said that her death affected him so deeply that within months his hair and beard had turned pure white. That’s love.

Oh, also, she died giving birth to their, um, 14th child. There was no TV back in those days.

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