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The Taj Mahal, Agra: 256 reviews and 621 photos


At each of the four corners of the square, white marble plinth on which the mausoleum stands, is a minaret; large towers each over 40 metres tall. They are one of the many features of the complex which show the designer's desire for symmetry. They were designed as working minarets - a traditional part of mosques where the muezzin calls Moslems to prayer - and contain an internal winding staircase made of sandstone leading to the roof. Each minaret is divided into three sections by balconies, and is topped by a chhatri. They tilt out slightly from the platform which is a precaution against possible collapse.

Website: http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/home.html

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  • Written Mar 14, 2010
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