Because there is the classic seven wonders was only one over there on 07-07-2007 a new list chosen by the seven modern wonders of the world. This list includes the Taj Mahal in India. This huge building in the 17th century built as a tomb.
The list of seven modern wonders of the world is on 07-07-2007 compiled by over a hundred million people. The list contains the following special works:
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In the 17th century the Mughal Empire in India are flowering period. The patrons, leader of the Mogul empire was at that time Shah Jahan. In 1631 the death of his great love and head wife Mumtaz Mahal in childbirth of their fourteenth child. He promised her on her deathbed he would make her a building that was as beautiful as she is. Shah Jahan was his promise to his deceased wife after. In memory of her, he built a huge palace as a tomb, the Taj Mahal. The construction of the palace would last seventeen years.
The Taj Mahal was built in Agra, a town in northern India. The palace was built on the basis of Persian architecture. It was a huge building, almost sixty meters high and about as wide. The Taj Mahal is completely symmetrical and made of marble and sandstone. Each piece of wall is beautifully decorated with flowers and stones. Moreover located a mosque in the palace, which is placed facing Mecca. The Taj Mahal is surrounded by beautiful large gardens. For this huge project were therefore required more than twenty thousand workers who came from all over the world. Of course the construction cost a lot of money, calculated over a hundred million dollars.
After the white Taj Mahal was completed, it was decided to build a black Taj Mahal opposite the original building. Black Taj Mahal would be an exact copy of the white version and would serve as the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. But suddenly he was deposed from his position as emperor by his son and imprisoned in a cell with only one window. In 1666 Shah Jahan died alone in his cell. The construction of the black Taj Mahal was stopped and the emperor was buried beside his wife in the white palace. It is unclear whether the story of the black Taj Mahal is truth. According to many experts, it is a myth.
Now, almost four hundred years after the start of construction, there is still much left of the Taj Mahal. The precious possessions are all taken away by robbers, it remains an impressive built. Nearly the Taj Mahal was demolished by the British to sell the marble. In the absence of demand for marble plans were discontinued. This resulted in the rescue of the most beautiful building that was once in the name of love was built.
Today, the Taj Mahal is a real tourist attraction. Per year over two million visitors visit this palace. Agra is located about two hundred kilometers from the Indian capital Delhi and is easily accessible by car or train. You can visit the Taj Mahal is best between September and March. At sunrise the palace is the most beautiful, thanks to the wonderful colors of the rising sun.