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The Taj Mahal - A Symbol of Love

            We all have a beautiful place in our mind. I have a wonderful place in my mind that makes me believe in true love. Sometimes I think I am the only one who is obsessed with this monument, known throughout the world as the Taj Mahal. In spite of my mind, it is truly a memorable symbol of love touched by my soft red heart. Taj Mahal, the pearl-like sculpture, is truly a symbol, a proof of unconditional true love and faithful promise for me.
             Taj Mahal has been voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It started to attract people because of its beauty and the mystery behind it. Shah Jahan, a Muslim ruling Emperor, built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, India. When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive, she asked for four promises from Shah Jahan: first, that he built the Taj Mahal after she died; second, that he should marry again; third, that he should be kind to their children; forth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. It is one of the prime records and proof of the Mughal dynasty history in India. Construction of Taj Mahal began in 1631 and was continued with patience for twenty-two years by the help of about twenty thousand workers. The cost estimated in the year of 1653 was thirty-two million Indian rupees. Today, that turns out to be about fifty-three billion Indian rupees.
             The main south entrance gate is like a brick floral scarf to a woman's face. Standing inside the entrance gate, the Taj is garmented by a central dome framed by a central arch. A green carpet of garden runs from the main gate to the foot of the Taj Mahal. Garden describes its abundance of roses, daffodils, and fruit trees. At the center of the garden, there is a marble lotus tank pool with a folded border where the Taj's image is reflected. The size of the monument looked huge as I entered. However, as I came close, it receded to its actual size like some kind of an illusion.
             The entire building of Taj is standing on a spacious marble rectangular base.

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