Taj Mahal: A Labor Of Love

Taj Mahal: A Labor Of Love

The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful architectural structures on Earth. Boasting a construction span of more than two decades, the palace was built as a labor of love to honor Mumtāz Mahal, the emperor's favorite wife. Like many of the pyramids in Egypt, the palace serves as a mausoleum—or place to house prominent tombs—and has remained a travel destination and sacred place since its completion in 1653. Its infamous white "onion" dome changes colors throughout the day, from hues of pinks and yellows to deep purples as night fall sets in. It's even been rumored the original emperor planned to build an identical, black structure nearby, however an eruption of war distracted him from his plans.

Learn more about the amazing history behind one of India and the world's biggest tourist attractions, spiritual homesteads and dedications to love ever constructed. Check out these videos and start planning your trip now.

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from Smithsonian Channel

Key Facts In This Video

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    The Mughal empire stretched from Pakistan to Bengal and down into Southern India. (0:07)

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    Shah Jahan had three wives. He was engaged to his first wife, Mumtaz Mahal, when they were both children. (0:24)

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    Shah Jahan considered giving up his throne after his wife died during childbirth. (1:59)

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