Construction of the Taj Mahal cost more than 32 crore rupees, according to Tajmahal.org.uk, which in today's currency is more than $200 million dollars for the building and its surroundings. More than 20,000 workers contributed, and construction took place over a 22-year period from 1631 to 1653.
More than 1,000 elephants were used in the transportation of the construction materials. Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his wife Mumtaz after she died giving birth to their 14th child. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra (Uttar Pradesh), India. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.