Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. (Photo: AdobeStock)

5 Monuments Built in the Name Love

Beauty and extravagance for their adored.

1. Taj Mahal, Agra, India. This marble mausoleum was completed about 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. 

2. Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. After the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a 16th century warlord, his wife built this complex. The main temple houses artwork and lacquer furnishings and is surrounded by a memorial hall with carved images of the couple, a mausoleum, and gardens.

3. Mirabell Palace, Salzburg, Austria. This baroque mansion and its gardens were a gift from prince archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau to his mistress, Salome Alt, in 1606.

4. Boldt Castle, Heart Island, New York. Millionaire George Boldt began building this castle for his wife, Louise, but ceased construction when she died in 1904. The castle was restored and opened to visitors in 1977.

5. Eleanor Crosses, England. King Edward I had 12 opulently decorated crosses erected after the death of his first wife, Eleanor of Castile, between 1291 and 1294. Three of the crosses remain, in Geddington, Hardingstone, and Waltham Cross.