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Agra, India
   
   
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal way built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658), who was the grandson of Akbar the great. As the history of Taj Mahal goes, it was built in the memory of his beloved queen Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as "Mumtaz Mahal". Mumtaz Mahal was one of the most loved queens of emperor Shah Jahan. She lost her life in the city of Burhanpur during the birth of her fourteenth child. Shah Jahan was in deep sorrow at the death of the queen and decided to build the Taj Mahal, a marble wonder, in her remembrance. Soon after her death her mortal remains were buried in the garden of Zainabad. Six months after her death, her body was transferred to Agra, and was finally enshrined in the crypt of the main tomb of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a truly beautiful structure with amazing stone work. Many of the intricate carvings completed from a single stone. Unfortunately 2 of the 4 towers were being cleaned (a process they don't seem to be in a hurry to complete) so the full impact of the building was difficult to capture.

 

 

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Entrance to the Taj Mahal

 

 

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Entrance to the Taj Mahal

 

 

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First view of the Taj Mahal
Mosque in the background

 

 

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Mosque

 

 

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Worship Shrine

 

 

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Inlaid precious stones

 

 

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Carved from a single piece of marble

 

 

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River along the Taj Mahal
Garden for fund raising and awareness to preserve the Monuments

 

 

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Men praying at the Mosque
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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