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It is a monument dedicated to the love of two people for each other. A monument so startling in its beauty, so perfectly symmetrical, it seldom disappoints those who cross the world to see it. For me it exceeded all expectations, whether seen in the day's rosy twilight or golden dawn or in the hazy heat of midday.

Shah Jahan, ruler of India for thirty years from 1627, built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The story most often told is of a romance that began when the fifteen years' old prince saw her as a young girl in a bazaar frequented by women of the court. His emperor father gave permission for a marriage, on condition the couple waited for five years and didn't meet in the meantime.