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The Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is an iconic mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in her 30's during the birth of their 14th child in 1631. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed around 1653. It's considered a masterpiece of Islamic and Mughal architecture, featuring a combination of Indian, Persian, and Islamic styles. The white marble mausoleum is the centerpiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque, a guest house, and formal gardens.


Here are just a few of some notable features of the Taj Mahal we observed today:

1. The central dome, which rises 115 feet, is surrounded by four smaller domes.


2. The minarets, four slender towers standing at each corner of the marble platform.


3. The intricate decorations, including calligraphy, inlaid precious stones, and carved marble flowers and vines.


4. The reflecting pool in front of the mausoleum, which creates a stunning reflection of the monument. [although not filled with water during our visit - stil


We were fortunate to witness sunset at this remarkable architectural structure as well as to meet the son of a local rice farmer who decided to cozy up to a "cowboy" from the states ..


Here's an interesting video that recaps the history behind the monument and other facts about one of the world's most beautiful buildings.

During our visit to the Taj Mahal, we learned that the iconic monument is facing structural issues caused by the nearby polluted Yamuna River. The fluctuating water levels and pollution have led to the deterioration of the wooden foundation, resulting in cracks in the marble base. Later, we had the opportunity to observe skilled local artisans who are dedicated to repairing the damage and preserving the Taj Mahal for generations to come.

Posted by Where2FromHere 16:28 Archived in India

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This photographer absolutely LOVES the boy's blue pants AND the cowboy's blue shoes!!! Great shot!

What time and trouble you had getting to this stunning place -- but undoubtedly worth the effort.

by Carol Snow

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