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Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia

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The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal in India

The Taj Mahal in India at sunset.

Photo by Christian Haugen / Creative Commons

The Taj Mahal was constructed with one material not found in many World Heritage Sites: love. India's most famous landmark was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their 14th child. The emperor was so stricken with grief, he was inspired to create what is widely considered the most beautiful structure in the world.

Constructed in 1653 during the Mughal Empire, the Taj Mahal was inducted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The white marble and intricately carved reliefs wet the eyes of nearly 4 million tourists a year.

See the Taj Mahal for yourself by traveling to Agra, approximately 125 miles from Delhi.

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