The Taj Mahal, chosen as one of the 'Seven Wonders of the New World,' is the fruit of a legendary love story. Countless people from all over the world visit this unique work built by Muslim Turks in India, but most are unaware of its history.
The Mughal rulers demonstrated a trait that is not known to everyone and, in fact, unexpected given their strong military identities. This feature is their incomparable devotion to their wives.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, also known as Hurram Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the city of Agra.
Once upon a time, the nobles used to sell their handicrafts at a charity sale called Mina Bazaar and do good deeds with the money. Shah Jahan, who was a prince at that time, met his maternal relative, 20-year-old Mumtaz Mahal, here.
He was fascinated by her beauty and intelligence. One of the greatest loves in history was born here. Their marriage lasted 20 years.
During this time, the shah did not look at any other woman. They had 14 children. Seven survived. Mumtaz Mahal died in 1631 while giving birth to her last child.
This incident was enough to devastate Shah Jahan. The shah lost his sight. He asked an architect from Istanbul to build a mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River for his beloved wife.
Its foundation was laid in 1632 and it was completed in 22 years with 20 thousand workers working every day.
Shah Jahan wanted to have a similar one constructed in black, the color of mourning, built next to the Taj Mahal for himself.
Shah Jahan spent rest of his life watching the Taj Mahal without meeting anyone in the room. On his deathbed, he had a mirror placed in front of him and continued to watch the Taj Mahal.
When he died, he was buried next to his wife. Now two lovers rest in their eternal sleep in a room where every sound is reflected seven times.