Learn about the love story behind the creation of one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in the world.
The Taj Mahal may look like a palace, but it's actually a tomb and a lasting testament to one of the world's great love stories. In 1612, Mogul emperor Shah Jahan married Mumtaz Mahal. It had been love at first sight and for nineteen years they were so inseparable that Mumtaz even accompanied Shah Jahan to battlefields. When she died suddenly giving birth to their fourteenth child, the emperor set about building a magnificent memorial to his wife. Everything about the Taj was perfectly planned, from the white marble walls that shimmer in the sunlight and sparkle by moonlight, to the countless decorative flowers made from precious gems that still astound visitors today. Recent discoveries at the site make this a timely account of a timeless monument.
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Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written many books for children and young adults, including Where Are the Great Pyramids? Their YA mystery, In Darkness, Death, won the Edgar Award.
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Where Is the Taj Mahal?
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Where Is the Taj Mahal? explains what this magnificent building is and its purpose. It describes the history leading up to building the Taj Mahal, and the building process, too. It gives a detailed description of the features of this wonder and its surrounding grounds and buildings. It follows the Taj Mahal to the present day, describing the various times when it began to fall to ruin, as well as those efforts that were made to restore it. This is a wonderful book that provides children information about an incredible monument. It also gives them a peek into another culture and its customs.
I've been to the Taj Mahal and seen it by air and train. This book brought back wonderful memories.