THE JEWEL OF INDIAIf you ask anyone to name the word's most beautiful building,the answer will almost certainly be the Taj Mahal in Agra,the Mogul
capital of India.
Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife,the building,which stands 76m high,is a magnificent tomb that looks like a palace.It stands on a marble base and is decorated in flower patterns with precious stone.The Taj is covered with handwritten extracts from the Koran,the Holy book of Islam.Part of the perfection of the building lies in tis symmetry,each half being a mirror image of the other.
The Taj Malahal is reflected in the waters of a vast gardencorossed by many canals,and houses the tomb of Shah Jahan and his wife,Mumtaz Mahal.
The Shah met his wife when he was sixteen years old and she was fifteen.They married four yars later.The mother of eight children,she died at the early age of thirty-five,in 1631.It is said that because of his grief,the Mogul Emoeror's black black hair turned grey withim a month.As proof of his love he bulilt this monument wich took twenty thousand workers almost twenty years to complete.It was finished in 1652,and in 1658,when Shah Jahan died,he was buried near his wife.Their tombs are beautifully decorated with forty-three different types of jewel.
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