Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal looks like this.
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It’s a mausoleum, which means there’s dead people in there.  Dead person number 1 is Mumtaz Mahal.  Mumtaz was the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, and he built the Taj Mahal for the sole purpose of housing her dead body.  He really liked her a lot.  Then, when he died, his son installed him in there alongside his lady.  The Emperor was the second and final person stowed in there.

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When was all this?

The lady wife died in 1631 and the whole building job was done by 1653.  Hope they kept her on ice.

What’s a Mughal anyway?

The Mughal Empire ruled the subcontinent from the 1500s to the 1800s.  It was an Islamic Empire with a fondness for art, astronomy, technology and landscape gardening.

What stuff is it made of?

I’m glad you asked.  It’s Marble.  Inlaid with semi-precious stones, and covered with Calligraphy. (see picture at right)

Where can I see it?

In the flesh, it can be seen only here:

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