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Get Up Close to the Taj Mahal

Everyone has hobbies, and for the Shah Jahan, a 17th century Mughal emperor, it was building. When he came into power he erected two mosques. But then his wife died, and, bereft, he ordered the construction of his most famous edifice: the Taj Mahal. Made of marble and semi-precious stones, the mausoleum houses his beloved’s remains. Most of us will not be able to travel to India to see this architectural feat in person, but, thanks to the Internet and Google Maps we can get up close to its glimmering pearly-white walls: