GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Information to furnish the mind

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal [tahzh-muh-hahl, is a famous landmark of India. It was built by the emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666) as a tomb for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took about 20 years to build (1632-1653). In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, tomb for a princess.

Many people consider the Taj Mahal to be the most beautiful building in the world and often use “Taj Mahal” in a figurative sense:

Have you seen their new house? It’s a regular Taj Mahal!

Why do you mind if I put a glass on your table without a coaster? This place is no Taj Mahal!

The Taj Mahal is located at Agra.

Map of India
Map of India showing location of Agra and the Taj Mahal.



One Response

  1. Dear Maeve,

    Well, it took him three tries but he must of thought he had finally gotten it right with his third choice.

    On a more serious note, thank you for these Literacy Capsules. The more of them I read, the more I like them and what they are doing for us; especially, those among us who are younger and have suffered even more from a lack of the possibility of a decent classical education.

    Americans have seen their basic school educational offerings severely hampered by curtailing of subject offerings; e.g., unbiased histories, civics, geography, and the general quality of the written teaching materials and the quality of classroom instruction offered by the current crop of teachers. Other equally important matters that have affected the quality of education in America include: political correctness, American patriotism, and the removal of the Christian God from the classroom.

    The last item in this long list of discontent should be seen not as an expression of triumphalism; something anathema to knowledgeable, traditional Christians.

    Thank you for your efforts on our behalf

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