A Month of: This Day in History

Louise M. H. Miller; Around The Red Map.

On 17th June in 1631, Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. In a display of love and grief her husband Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I spent the next 17 years beuilding her mausoleum – the now iconic Taj Mahal. The white marble mausloeum is situated on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India.

The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. Today is one of the most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history. It attracts some 3 million visitors a year and has been designated a UNESCO World Hertiage Site in 1983.


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