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Taj Mahal

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    Taj Mahal

    Mausoleum created for Mumtaz Mahal , wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan , in Agra, India, completed circa 1648 ; the name means “crown palace.” With its huge dome inspired by Central Asian antecedents, small octagonal pavilions (chatri) on the roof, four minaret-like towers in the corners, and white marble lavishly inlaid with semiprecious stones in floral and calligraphic designs, it is the most famous Mughal architectural monument. Inscriptions indicate it was intended as an architectural metaphor for the Throne of God.

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