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The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is one of the most photographed monuments
in the world.    It was built over 22 years by a forlorn Indian king, in honor
his wife who died in childbirth with their 14th child.
Millions of people from around the world visit it every year.
Because of security precautions, you can no longer photograph the Taj at moonlight,
unless you go to the rear side on the other side of the Jumna river.
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Rear view

Sandstone arches
over the shaded promenade

Taj from the rear side

Guest house - identical
private mosque is on other side of Taj


Detail of 400 year old door
at side gate


Taj framed by the main entrance

Promenade

Fabulous bas-relief carving
in solid marble
The Taj is surrounded by gardens, trees, water pools, and small buildings where musicians once played.
Most of the pools no longer have water in them.   It is maintained quite nicely, however.
 

Sunset over the Jumna river

More bas-relief detail



Marble inlay samples
some have thousands
of tiny pieces,
all put together by hand
Agra is a center for generations of fine craftsmanship, including marble inlay work, and carpet making.
 

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