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Taj Mahal, India - Ten Amazing Facts - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.
10 - Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz.
9 - Mumtaz died while giving birth to Shah Jahan's 14th child.
8 - Outside its walls, there are smaller tombs of other Shah Jahan's wives.
7 - Soon after construction, Shah Jahan was put under house arrest by his son.
6 - Built using geometric principles, even the drains here are hexagonal.
5 - Over 1000 elephants were used to transport materials.
4 - During modern wars, scaffolding has been used to hide Taj from air bombers.
3 - Intricate calligraphy on stone cites passages from Quran.
2 - Reportedly, a British governor unsuccessfully tried to sell Taj during colonization.
1 - Depending on time of day, the reflecting stone changes color.