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Agra: Taj Mahal: Buildings

The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th Century by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1630.


The Taj Mahal reflected in the water

Standing on the halfway bridge. These people are clustered around the Princess Diana bench.

Looking back at the entrance gate

Round the back of the mausoleum, the sun makes the white marble look golden

The side walls in shadow remain silver

One of the matching buildings at either side of the Taj. The one facing East is used as a mosque; this is its counterpart.

From the corner of the garden

The classic archway silhouette

A wide view of the whole garden (two shots blended)

The building backs onto a river, beyond which are the foundations for the second Taj Mahal which was to be built as a mirror image in black marble. It was started but never finished. Click on it to see the movie!

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These photos ©2006 Jo & Alan Hunter - please ask before using elsewhere - thank you.