The Taj Mahal is arguably one of the most beautiful buidlings in the world. It is located in the Indian city of Agra in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, not far south east of New Delhi.
The buidling was designed as a mausoleum for the 3rd wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Construction of the mausoleum itself started in 1632 and took about 8 years to complete, however, work continued on the greater Taj Mahal grounds for another 13 years and by 1653 a mosque, guest house and the 42 acre gardens were complete.
The Taj is constructed of white marble and the mosque and guesthouse of red sandstone. In 1983 the Taj complex is awarded UNESCO World Heritage status; today it is belived to be one of India's main tourist attraction for international tourists and recives an estimated 3 million tourists every year.
Personally, I found this buidling to be the most beautiful buidling I have seen in all my travels and it is much grander than these photos could ever hope to show. This is despite one of the four minarets being covered in scaffolding, as well as the western side of the central buidling also being under renovation.