The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century when most of Northern India was ruled by the Mughal Empire, a Muslim dynasty that arose out of Mongol conquests in Central Asia. According to historians, one of the Mughal descendents in power, Shah Jahan, was quite passionate about architecture and building, earning him the nickname, "the builder of marvels."
Today's India's Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The marble mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by millions of tourists every year.
How did this legendary building come to be one of the most revered structures in the entire world? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.
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National Geographic: World Heritage Site Pictures: Taj Mahal
Britannica: Shah Jahan
Taj Mahal: History of Taj Mahal