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Agra

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[3 : Agra Fort]
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Agra was from 1526 to 1658 the capital of the Mughal emperors, the Muslim rulers of India, who left a splendid architectural heritage. The two most important monuments of Agra, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the man-made wonders of the world. Many consider that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is a celebration of a woman built in marble, called by Tagore "a teardrop on the cheek of time", and by Edwin Arnold "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor wrought in living stones". Construction began in 1631 and took 22 years, deploying 20,000 people. The monument is impressive in the self-replicating geometry and symmetry of its grand design, but also in its exquisite jewel-like workmanship.

The Agra Red Fort is historically the most important fort in India, having been used as a main residence and power center by six of the Mughal emperors. More accurately described as a walled palatial city, it used to enclose more than 500 buildings inside its 2.5km long walls. Although many of them have been destroyed, there are still superb standing palaces, audience halls, and mosques in Indo-Islamic style.

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Taj Mahal at sunrise. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Taj Mahal, charbagh gardens, and watercourse, sunrise. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Mughal gardens with watercourse and Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Taj Mahal seen through arch of Jawab, morning. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Men with turbans walking toward Taj Mahal, early morning. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Taj Mahal and reflecting pool, morning. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Iwan and side pishtaqs, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women in colorful Shalwar suits, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Couple sitting on side pishtaq and tourists strolling on platform, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women walking on decorated terrace, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Vegetative motifs on white marble dados, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Side pishtaq, Taj Mahal. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Taj Mahal mosque. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Jawab, Taj Mahal, and Taj Mahal mosque. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Taj Mahal complex reflected in Yamuna River at sunset. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Sacred cow and street by night, Taj Ganj. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Man and boy. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Main gate, Agra Fort, sunset. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Gate of Jehangiri Mahal, Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audiences),  Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Outside walls of Jehangiri Mahal and Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Khas Mahal main pavilion, Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Arches and perforated marble screen, Khas Mahal, Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Woman in Anguri Bagh garden, Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Mughal garden, Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color)
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Themes: Taj Mahal, Yamuna River, Agra Fort

Places: Uttar Pradesh, India