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    It is the intention of the AMERICAN LUXFER PRISM COMPANY to continue issuing this series of pictures of great buildings once a month. This is the second of the series, the first having been the Pantheon, Rome. It is believed that a complete set of these buildings will constitute a useful and interesting possession for the architect.
    The products of the AMERICAN LUXFER PRISM COMPANY are thoroughly described on pages 516-521 of Sweet's Index. As we have a large number of branch offices, any architect wishing information or estimates may readily have personal attention prompt rendered by writing our nearest office.

TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA

The famous mausoleum erected by Shah Jehan, 1627-1658, for his favorite wife. It stands on a platform of white marble 18 feet high and 313 feet square, with tapering cylindrical minarets 133 feet high at the angles. The mausoleum itself is in plan 186 feet square with the corners cut off. It consists without of two tiers of keel-shaped arches, with a great single-arched porch in the middle of each side. The structure is crowned by a pointed and slightly bulbous dome, 58 feet in diameter and about 210 feet in exterior height, flanked by four octagonal kiosks. The interior is occupied by four domed chambers in the corners, and a large arcaded octagon in the middle, all connected by corridors. In the central chambers stand two cenotaphs inclosed by a remarkable openwork rail in marble. No light is admitted to the interior except through the delicately pierced marble screens which fill all the windows. The decoration is enriched by admirable mosaic inlaying in stone of flower-motives and arabesques, much of it in agate, bloodstone and jasper. Tavernier in his travels, mentions that it took 20,000 men twenty-two years to build the Taj Mahal.

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