The Taj of the Deccan-Aurangabad, India

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When you first saw this picture, did you think it was the Taj Mahal in Agra, India? But wait…it’s too small.  You’d be right. This is the Bibi Ka Maqbara (“Tomb of the Lady”) in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. Built by Azam Shah in the second half of the 1600s, it has the typical charbagh (or “four garden”) Mughal layout popular at the time. Azam Shah built it in honor of his mother.  Bibi Ka Maqbara is known as the Taj of the Deccan, due to its resemblance to the Taj Mahal and its location in the Deccan Plateau in central India.

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