10 Real Places That Inspired Disney Movies


5. The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is noted as being one of the great eight wonders of the world with architectural beauty that has never been surpassed. Built by the Muslim ruler of India, Shah Jahan, it is a beautiful living monument dedicated to his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. They call the Taj Mahal (meaning Crown Palace) an ‘elegy in marble’. This is a loving expression of a dream the great Emperor had and now the lower chamber of the Taj Mahal houses the tomb of Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built over a period of twenty-two years with construction finally completed in 1653 and is built of entirely white marble. The stunning palace glows at dawn, sunset, and by the moon. On a foggy morning, The Taj Mahal looks as if it is suspended when viewed from the other side of Jamuna River. Every detail about the Taj Mahal is a wonder filled mystery. Even though the movie “Aladdin”  is based in the Middle East, primarily Jordan, which is thousands of miles from the beautiful Taj Mahal; it was still the inspiration for the glorious Sultan’s palace in the animated movie The uncanny resemblance is spot-on in this all-time favorite Disney classic.

Taj Mahal
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