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Taj Mahal- one of the 7 New Wonders of the World

The Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage; it was the only place we saw in Agra

The Taj Mahal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage; it was the only place we saw in Agra

At the entrance to the 42-acre Taj Mahal complex is a red sandstone building commonly known as the Great Gate; the cost to build the Taj Mahal is estimated at $1  billion in today's dollars

At the entrance to the 42-acre Taj Mahal complex is a red sandstone building commonly known as the Great Gate; the cost to build the Taj Mahal is estimated at $1+ billion in today's dollars

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife; it attracts more than 8 million visitors a year

The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife; it attracts more than 8 million visitors a year

Much of the calligraphy on the Taj Mahal is composed of florid thuluth script made of jasper or black marble inlaid in white marble panels; the archways have been decorated with inlays of highly stylized, almost geometric vines, flowers and fruits

Much of the calligraphy on the Taj Mahal is composed of florid thuluth script made of jasper or black marble inlaid in white marble panels; the archways have been decorated with inlays of highly stylized, almost geometric vines, flowers and fruits

The Taj Mahal was my favorite sight in India because of its beauty, symmetry, cleanliness and relative calm; it's truly an oasis so I think the Mughal emperor definitely had the right idea

The Taj Mahal was my favorite sight in India because of its beauty, symmetry, cleanliness and relative calm; it's truly an oasis so I think the Mughal emperor definitely had the right idea

We happened to visit on the one day each year when you can go down in the Taj Mahal to see the actual tombs; after waiting in the heat for over an hour the actual sight was underwhelming

We happened to visit on the one day each year when you can go down in the Taj Mahal to see the actual tombs; after waiting in the heat for over an hour the actual sight was underwhelming

The four minarets were constructed farther away from the main structure than usual and also lean slightly outward rather than stand straight; this was done as a safety measure so that if any of them fell, they would fall away from the tomb

The four minarets were constructed farther away from the main structure than usual and also lean slightly outward rather than stand straight; this was done as a safety measure so that if any of them fell, they would fall away from the tomb

The Taj complex has a beautiful symmetry; this is the Water Palace and it's twin building across the gardens is the Taj Mahal Museum

The Taj complex has a beautiful symmetry; this is the Water Palace and it's twin building across the gardens is the Taj Mahal Museum

It is estimated than 20,000 artisans helped construct the Taj Mahal along with the power of 1000  elephants; Taj Mahal means Crown of the Palaces

It is estimated than 20,000 artisans helped construct the Taj Mahal along with the power of 1000+ elephants; Taj Mahal means Crown of the Palaces

Hmm, who has the right of way?; Agra has a population of roughly 2 million with 88% o them being Hindu while 9% ae Muslim

Hmm, who has the right of way?; Agra has a population of roughly 2 million with 88% of them being Hindu while 9% are Muslim

The most spectacular feature of the Taj Mahal is the marble dome that surmounts the tomb; the dome is nearly 35 m high which is close in measurement to the length of the base

The most spectacular feature of the Taj Mahal is the marble dome that surmounts the tomb; the dome is nearly 35 m high which is close in measurement to the length of the base

The floor of the Taj Mahal mosque is laid with outlines of 569 prayer rugs in black marble; unlike the rest of India, the Taj Mahal complex was extremely clean

The floor of the Taj Mahal mosque is laid with outlines of 569 prayer rugs in black marble; unlike the rest of India, the Taj Mahal complex was extremely clean

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