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The Taj Mahal is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world in 2007. It is located in Agra, India and was built between years 1630 and 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum in memory of the second wife, Muslim Persian princess Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan was very affected by the death of his wife that takes the whole hair bleaching within a few months. On the death bed, the queen asked her husband to meet 4 things: to build her a grave, to love their children, to visit the grave on each anniversary and to remarry.

Thus Sahul has vowed to build a building without equal in the world for the spouse who was at the same time his political councilor, intelligent and skilful. The construction lasted 22 years, and was finished in the year 1631 and became a "symbol of eternal love." Taj Mahal is located on a terrace of white marble which emphasize the huge monument and 4 minaret. The palace comprises besides itself a very beautiful garden and a mosque.


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Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodi (of the Delhi Sultanate) in 1504. In 1526, after the Battle of Panipat, Babur declared it his capital and it remained so under the rule of his successors till the reign of Shah Jahan. Under the reign of the Mughal kings there was great development in Agra. Their love for extravagance can be seen in the lush gardens of Aram Bagh and the splendor of Fatehpur Sikri and The Taj Mahal. After the fall of the Mughal Empire, Agra was ruled by the Marathas and the Jats till the rise of the British Raj in 1803. It enjoyed its position as the capital even in the British government and was at the epicenter of the... Read more »


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