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First Look at the Taj Mahal | by ~Faiz
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First Look at the Taj Mahal

Shah Jehan ordered the building of the Taj, in honor of his wife, Arjumand Banu who later became known as Mumtaz Mahal, the Distinguished of the Palace.

Mumtaz and Shah Jehan were married in 1612 and, over the next 18 years, had 14 children together. The Empress used to accompany her husband in his military campaigns, and it was in 1630, in Burhanpur, that she gave birth to her last child, for she died in childbirth.

 

So great was the Emperors' love to his wife that he ordered the building of the most beautiful mausoleum on Earth for her.

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Taken on June 17, 2007