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Devastated by his wife's death in 1631, Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the construction of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved. The structure in Agra has been called the 'most extravagant monument ever built for love.'  
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Before Sir George Everest lent his name to the world's highest mountain, the 29,000-foot peak was referred to by locals as 'Wind Goddess,' 'Brow of the Oceans,' and 'Mother Goddess of the Earth'.  
Credit: Abrahm Lustgarten 
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Artists still refer to 3rd-century texts when creating images of the sacred Buddha. The drape of the robe, hair curls, and body proportions are a few characteristics that have been maintained over time.  
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One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is up to one mile deep, 18 miles wide, and 200 miles long.  
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The only surviving remnant of the Holy Temple destroyed by Romans in A.D. 70, the Western Wall remains a sacred prayer site. Visitors still insert notes with prayers into the wall.  
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The ancient city of Chichen Itza, Mexico, is not the only remnant of the advanced Mayan civilization. They also developed the first known writing system in the Americas, mapped out the heavens, and invented the 365-day calendar.  
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Built for three pharaohs who reigned during the 26th century B.C., the Pyramids of Giza continue to mystify the world with their size, precision, and beauty.  
 
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