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THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD | The Taj Mahal

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This week, our review of the seven wonders of the modern world takes us to India, more precisely near the city of Agra, ancient capital of the Mughal Empire, where we find the most beautiful monument ever erected to celebrate the love between man and woman: the mausoleum of the Taj Mahal.

It is a complex of buildings built in 1632 by the then Mughal emperor to commemorate the memory of his favorite wife, known as Mumtaz Mahal. Entirely made of precious white marble from various parts of Asia and Europe, the Taj Mahal took 22 years to build, during which over twenty thousand people worked in the structure and as many as 1000 elephants were used to transport the materials.

However, this celebration of deep love experienced a period of oblivion, due to the shift of the capital of the empire from Agra to Delhi. It was even thought a dismantling of the site to recover the precious marbles, however at the end of the nineteenth century it was restored and brought to new glory, becoming one of the symbols of India and a renowned tourist destination.

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