City: Agra, India
Also Destroyed In: 2012: Supernova and 2012
Shah Jahan, Indian Emporer from the height of the Mughal Empire had this most dope-ass of buildings erected in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. He described the Taj with these words:
Should the guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to his mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of his mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.
Pardon us while we shed tears for Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, like Ja Rule in the "I Cry" video.