Built in the 17th century, Taj Mahal is a unique combination of
different styles where every single detail has a hidden meaning. In
2007 it was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Indian Shah Jahan built the mausoleum to fulfill the last will of his
beloved wife. Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to their fourteenth
child and the Shah was inconsolable for many months. The cedar trees in
the gardens around the palace are the symbols of his sorrow.
Remembering this story, desperate lovers used to go up the minarets of
Taj Mahal to commit suicides by jumping down from them.
It took Jahan 22 years to build it – just as long as he and Mumtaz
loved each other. The project was so expensive that it almost left the
country bankrupt. But today Taj Mahal is one of the most famous Indian