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- The Taj Mahal literally translates as "Crown of the Palace"
- Constructed of ivory-white marble, it is located on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra.
- Work started on the mausoleum in 1632 and was finally completed in 1653.
- It was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal - it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.
- The estimated cost of the build in modern day money was over $800m.
- The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17 hectare complex, including a mosque and guest house, and is set in formal gardens. The famed 'Princess Diana Bench' is located centrally in front of the tomb and is a haven for those wanting the perfect photo opportunity.
- Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, it was declared a winner of the 'New 7 Wonders of the World' initiative.
- The Taj Mahal attracts around 8 million visitors a year