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The Modern Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr

In 1947 British rule in India ended. The Archaeological Survey of India took control of such sites as the Taj Mahal. The survey continues to take care of the Taj. Into the 2000s, more than ten thousand people every day (thirteen thousand on weekend days) visit the Taj Mahal. The crowds make new problems for the 360-year-old monument. They wear down the paving stones of the gardens and the marble floors. Visitors’ breath and body heat can damage the marble inside the tomb chamber. But the site remains an important place for Indians and foreign visitors. The Indian government is looking for solutions. They want to stop the damage. But they don’t want to turn away the people who come to see Mumtaz Mahal’s beautiful monument.

In 1982 the Taj Mahal was listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The United Nations (UN) is an organization that supports international cooperation. UNESCO is a branch of the UN that helps protect sites that are important to the cultural heritage of all nations.

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