The world’s largest and most famous tomb was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died delivering their 14th child. This iconic structure is the quintessential example of Mughal architecture which combines Indian, Persian, and Islamic influences. Taking 22 years to complete with the help of 20,000 workers and more than 1,000 elephants, the mausoleum complex sits on the banks of the Yamuna River in Northern India and draws over 8 million visitors each year.
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