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10 Places You Should Visit Before They Disappear

1 — Taj Mahal

We close the list with another wonderful place whose safety is a serious concern. The spectacular funerary monument of Taj Mahal, constructed between 1631 and 1654 by order of the emperor Shah Jahan in honor to his late wife, is counted among the most beautiful monuments in the world. Unfortunately, this world heritage site receives almost four million tourists visits each year, which is causing a degradation in its beauty. If degradation continues at its current pace, the Indian Government may pose restrictions on the visits or close it to the public in order to safeguard the monument. The monument will not be the first to suffer this fate as The caves of Altamira, in Cantabria (Spain), have already been closed to the public to protect the unique cave paintings that adorn them. Before such measures are taken by the government of India, it is advisable to visit the beautiful creation situated in the heart of the country.

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