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Mughal splendor

The Taj Mahal is something of a cliché that every visitor to India must visit. It is, however, arguably the most beautiful building in the world and still inspires awe. It was built in Agra in the mid-17th century, at the height of Mughal rule in India, by emperor Shahjahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. Shown here, a group of Indian visitors walks barefoot on the marble floor outside the Taj, while the elaborate gate to the complex is shown in the background.

© 1977, 2003 Richard McGuire