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Taj Mahal, Agra

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Taj Mahal - one of the most recognized emblems of India was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his second wife - Mumatz Mahal (actually: Arjumand Bano Begum). She died in 1631 giving birth to their 14th child.
Often called 'The Ultimate Memorial to love' or 'The most extravagant monument ever built for love' the Taj is situated in the city of Agra, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Construction of the mausoleum took 17 years and was carried out by alltogether 20.000 workers. Specialists in pietra dura (marble inlay works of semi-precious stones) were brought from India, Asia and Europe.
At present the white-marble mausoleum is included in the Unesco's World Heritage list.

Anita and Kruger watching sunrise over the Taj Mahal, Agra
A view of the Taj Mahal at sunrise from a rooftop restaurant, Agra
The Taj Mahal changing colours at sunrise from a rooftop restaurant, Agra
A view of the Taj Mahal complex surrounded by a shantytown of Agra
A view of the Taj Mahal from the mosque inside the complex
A classic view of the Taj Mahal
Indian family posing with the Taj Mahal
A view of the South Gate of the Taj Mahal complex
Indian couple with a mosque in the background, Taj Mahal complex
The Taj Mahal at sunset
Beautiful pietra dura (marble inlays) at the facades of the Taj Mahal mausoleum
Verses from the Koran inscribed as pietra dura (marble inlays) at the facades of the Taj Mahal mausoleum
Beautiful pietra dura (marble inlays) at the facades of the Taj Mahal mausoleum
Kruger meeting brothers-in-arms at the entrance to the Taj Mahal

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