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Taj Mahal – Symbol of Love

Book Summary   by:Sheme09     Original Authors: Duncan Brewer; John Clark; Casey Horton
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At Agra is the Taj Mahal situated, arguably the most famous building in the world. The fame of Taj Mahal rest not only on its architectural beauty but also on its romantic associations.Taj Mahal was built by the 17th-century Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal , whose death plunged him into unshakeable grief.
Shah Jahan, ‘King of The World’ was a noted patron of the arts, as well as a great builder and during his reign the empire was at its peak both politically and culturally.
Tradition has it that when a couple goes there, the woman should ask her partner ‘If I were to die, do you love me so much that you would build me a memorial like this?’The Taj Mahal fell disrepair after the decline of Mogul Empire in the 18th-century. In the 19th-century, under the British Raj, it was a popular venue for open-air parties, and the music of regimental bands filled its terrace. The Taj Mahal was restored to its former glory as a result of building works instigated by Lord Curzon a dedicated conservationist and viceroy of India from 1898 to 1905.
Published: March 04, 2008   
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