<p><br> Mogul emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/india-guide/" target="_blank">India</a>, as a tribute to his favorite wife, who died in childbirth in 1631. The white marble monument, with its sprawling gardens, took more than 15 years to build.</p>

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Mogul emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, as a tribute to his favorite wife, who died in childbirth in 1631. The white marble monument, with its sprawling gardens, took more than 15 years to build.

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World Heritage Site Pictures: Taj Mahal

A tribute to a beloved wife, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, has gleamed on the banks of the Yamuna River for nearly four centuries.

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