The Taj Mahal: Built out of love

While many things are done out of love, this one cost approximately $1 billion in todays money, is 73 meters (240 ft) high and has been standing for almost 400 years.

The powerful Mughal emperor Shah Jahan lost his wife in childbirth in 1631. The Taj Mahal – Indias most famous building – is a mausoleum for her and was completed in 1638. It’s architect is actually a Persian man by the name of Ustad Ahmad Lahouri. It took 20,000 highly specialized workers from India, Persia and even Europe to turn his vision into reality.



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