Now build your own Taj Mahal, courtesy Lego

August 27th, 2008 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 27 (IANS) Danish toy-maker Lego is next month launching build-yourself models of the Taj Mahal, consisting of as many as 5,922 pieces, including the monument’s intricate minarets, domes and finials.”The famous Taj Mahal palace of India is known all over the globe for its incredible beauty and elegance,” the 74-year-old toy-maker, whose name means “play well” in Danish, said.

“Now, you can recreate this modern wonder of the world for yourself! Designed for experienced builders, the Lego Taj Mahal model features advanced building techniques, rare elements and colours, and realistic details of architecture.”

Priced at $299.99 (over Rs.12,000), the model is a little over 16 inches tall and more than 20 inches wide. The company is targeting young people above 14 years of age as well as adults for the latest offering.

The Taj Mahal is a 17th century mausoleum and a monument of love located in Agra, around 200 km from the national capital, New Delhi. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it in the memory of his wife Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal.

The white marble structure is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and figures among the seven new wonders of the world, with more than 100 million votes.

A Unesco World Heritage Site, it attracts some four million tourists from within the country and overseas each year.

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