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detail - Taj Mahal at sunrise | by Phil Marion (173 million views - THANKS)
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detail - Taj Mahal at sunrise

The four detached minarets springing from the plinth of the Taj Mahal measure 138 feet high and stand like sentries nobly keeping guard. They were built out of plumb, slanting so that if they were to topple, they would fall not towards the Taj, but away from the building, protecting the tomb from harm. They also form a visual framework to the Taj proper and enhance the symmetry of the building.

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Taken on December 30, 2006