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The Taj Mahal built in the 17th century by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan as the tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is a world-famous 42-acre landmark that also includes a mosque, a guest house and gardens. In addition to environmental pollution (particularly acid rain) turning it yellow, the Taj Mahal faces structural risks due to the decline of groundwater levels in the river basin where the structure lies. The tomb started to crack and its minarets began to tilt over in 2010, which was speculated to be the result of its wooden foundation rotting from lack of water. Observers of the Indian monument have reported that the cracks are worsening, and the tops of the minarets might even collapse outright.

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Mariposamia

Oh, dear! I was there three times, between 1971 and 1973. It was one of the most beautiful structures, dedicated to the Shah's love of Mumtaj. It's a shame to find the Indians don't think as much of it as tourists!

sparklightie

beautiful puzzle but so so sad ♥

goingsilver

I was unaware that this beautiful place is at such risk - how sad. I am fortunate in that I have visited the Taj; it surprised me that there wasn't a national heritage protection organisation such as the National Trust or English Heritage that we have here in the UK.

PLG1958

Too difficult/expensive to repair, perhaps?
Thanks Maria!