Taj Mahal – Agra, India

IMG_20150209_193040The most beautiful building on earth?

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Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.

 

This was written by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, who commissioned this mausoleum for his wife. Mumtaz Mahal. The construction began in 1632 and was completed 22 years later. It’s entirely constructed of white marble and regarded by many as the best example of Mogul architecture that exists. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

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