Lost Worlds

Season 2 Episode 18

Taj Mahal

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2007 on The History Channel
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Four hundred years ago Emperor Shah Jahan was the most powerful man in the world. The Taj Mahal, in Agra, India was built to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The Taj Mahal is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and considered to be the finest example of Mughal architecture. 20,000 workers toiled to create an astounding feat of engineering, but what we see today is only a fraction of what was originally erected.moreless
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      • Narrator: As delicate as it is daring, the Taj Mahal is the best known monument in India and one of the most famous buildings in the world. It was built to express the love of the Emperor Shah Jahan for his empress. Though Shah Jahan built his monument to love, he was also a great warlord. He was descended form the fearsome Mongol warrior Genghis Kahn, his empire and his wealth came from enslavement and slaughter. Now traveling across India, our investigators discover the mighty forts and lavish palaces that paved the way for the construction of the Taj Mahal. And Jahan's memorial to his Empress continues to be steeped in myth. The most enduring is the legend of the Black Taj. Almost five centuries on, using the latest research, we will reconstruct the network of extraordinary buildings and gardens far greater than what survives today. A world that was lost to Shah Jahan, even in his own lifetime but one that still has the power to dazzle.

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