Taj Mahal

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For the famous Taj Mahal in India, there’s actually a love story behind the construction of this beautiful mausoleum in 1631. A young Prince Khurram falls madly in love the moment he sees a young Persian aristocrat named Arjumand Banu Begum selling silks and beads at the local bazaar. He pursues her for five years and they eventually marry. She’s beautiful, smart, politically savvy, and even accompanies her husband into battle. He becomes Shah (King) Jahan and she becomes Mumtaz Mahal, “the exalted one of the palace.” He has two other wives, but he loves only Mumtaz. In their 19 years of marriage, they have 14 children but she dies from complications of childbirth after their last daughter is born. The young prince turned king suffers greatly after her death so he commissions the construction of a grand mausoleum to honor his love. Now, 400 years later, the Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.