The Taj Mahal Is Falling Down


If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the Taj Mahal, but you haven’t found the time to visit India yet, we recommend making that trip a top priority. According to a group of historians, environmentalists, and politicians in Agra, the home of the famed 358-year-old structure, its wooden foundations are rotting because of low water levels in the nearby Yamuna River. Just how bad is it? Cracks have already begun appearing in the tomb’s marble walls, and unless something is done soon, the entire mausoleum could come crashing down in the next two to five years. Given what a large role the Taj Mahal plays in driving the country’s tourist economy, we’re assuming that they won’t let that happen. But could you imagine if it did? [via Curbed]