Extravagant Final Footprint

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Perhaps the most extravagant final footprint in the world, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India.  It was built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to memorialize his third, and favorite, wife Mumtaz Mahal.  One of the 7 wonders of the world.  In 1983 the Taj became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The complex covers about 42 acres.  The structure is made of marble and weighs two and a half thousand trillion kilos.  It cost 32,000,000 rupees to build which was about $1,000,000.  Mumtaz Mahal died on 8 June 1631 giving birth to their 14th child.  She was 38 years-old.  Shah Jahan was entombed next to Mumtaz upon his death despite the fact that he did not design it for the two of them.

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