As we walked through the gates to the Taj Mahal I was so amazed I did not even want to blink my eyes. I walked towards the edifice as if I was mesmerized. The Taj Mahal is recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” It was built in 1632-1653 by Mughal Emperor Shahe Jahan who was distraught over the death of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died during the birth of thir 14th child. Under the marble dome of the Taj Mahal lays the tomb where she is buried, and once Shah Jahan died, he was buried next to her. This was the first time in which such a structure was built in dedication for a woman and where she lays in the center; therefore, upon his death he was given an even bigger tomb, against his own will, so more attention is drawn to him. The grounds of the Taj Mahal are filled with gardens and fountains and it is said that when the sun reflects off the white marble of the building, it gives the structure a different appearance at different times of the day.