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The Taj Mahal

Great Building Feats reveals how and why the world's greatest structures were created and how engineering, geographical, technical, and human challenges were overcome during construction. Each building required the best minds of its time. They remain innovative and fascinating in both their creation and appearance. Supports the national curriculum standards Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Science, Technology, and Society; and Global Connections as outlined by the National Council for the Social Sciences. Rising majestically above the Jumna River in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal stands as testament to one of history's most enduring love stories. Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire, built it as a memorial and tomb for his beloved wife. The monument continues to marvel viewers with its intricate carvings, beautiful jewels, and perfect symmetry.
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The Chosen One of the Palace (1519-1631) -- The origins of the Taj Mahal (1562-1632) -- Construction begins (1631-1632) -- Bricks and marble (1632-1637) -- The illumined tomb (1632-1643) -- The garden of paradise on earth (1640-1643) -- The fall of the Mughals (1643-present).

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