The majestic Taj Mahal is one of the 7 new Wonders of the World. It’s in the middle of the centre of the Indian town of Agra, a little bit south of New Delhi. The building is completely made out of white marble. Construction started by the order of the 17th century emperor Shah Jahan out of love for his deceased wife Mumtaz. After 17 years of marriage, she died during child labour during the birth of their fifteenth child. This affected the emperor that much, that he promised her to never conceive another child with a different woman and to build her the most beautiful building in the world. After 20.000 workers worked on this project for 22 years, the Taj Mahal was a fact in 1653. The building is also known as “the biggest monument for love”.
The fairy-tale like Taj is not only a miracle from a distance. It is also very impressive up close, with a detailed flower pattern and decorated with gemstones. The building is completely symmetric. 58 meters high, 56 meters long and graced by an incredible garden with a long stretched pond. It’s a mausoleum for Mumtaz and after the emperor’s death his body was placed here as well.