If you are filled with wanderlust, then this is the list for you. It contains 10 unbelievable Taj Mahal facts you won’t believe are real. Ever thought about packing your bags and heading to India? Then this list is a must-read. For instance, did you know that the Taj Mahal was built in memory of Shah Jahan’s wife, who passed away during the birth of their 14th child? And while the Brits were ruling India, they ordered that the gardens at the Taj Mahal be displayed and manicured to reflect how gardens looked back in England. Read on for more crunchy nuggets!

10 No Visitors on Fridays

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You can still visit the Taj Mahal, but not on Fridays, as it is closed for prayer.

9 An Ancient World Wonder

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The Taj Mahal was 22 years in the making, and was completed back in 1653.

8 A One Billion Dollar Project

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At the time of its construction, the Taj Mahal cost the equivalent of $1,000,000,000.

7 Delivered by Elephant

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In true Indian fashion, the builders used elephants to help transport the supplies and materials to the site.

6 So Pretty!

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A variety of precious gemstones are embedded in the marble structure of the Taj Mahal.

5 Dirty Thieves

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In 1857, British soldiers stole some of the Taj Mahal’s precious stones during the Sepoy Rebellion.

4 Help Wanted

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It took about 20,000 people to build the Taj Mahal; they came from all over the Asian continent.

3 Its Looks Are Fading

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Although made of white marble, the Taj Mahal is yellowing, thanks to air pollution.

2 Another Environmental Threat

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Groundwater seepage was threatening the solidity of the Taj Mahal, causing cracks in the marble.

1 Imitation is a Form of Flattery

 

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Bangladesh has a fake Taj Mahal that was built in 2008.

+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets

Inscriptions on the Taj Mahal’s marble revere Allah and Mumtaz Mahal. Although hundreds of years old, it is the most symmetrical ancient structure in the world. Thanks to its reflective marble, the Taj Mahal is a different color depending on the time of day.

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