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Taj Mahal
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1631-1648
Date of Inscription: 1983
Location: Asia, India, Uttar Pradesh, Agra District
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Description: The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble which was constructed in Agra between 1631 and 1648. Built by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the site is the jewel of Muslim art in India and a masterpiece of the world’s heritage - widely admired across the globe. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Taj Mahal (Devanagari: ताज महल, Nastaliq: تاج محل), a mausoleum located in Agra, India was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal (also "the Taj") is considered as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage." While the white domed marble mausoleum is most familiar, Taj Mahal is an integrated complex of structures and were completed around 1648. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri is generally considered as the principal designer of Taj Mahal. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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