Taj Mahal

Lead: On the Jumna River in the city of Agra, India, is the crowning jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture. Built by the emperor of India, Shah Jahan, the structure is one of the most elaborate works of art ever erected.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Jahan inherited the throne of India at birth and at a fairly early age met and fell deeply in love with a beautiful woman, Arjumrand Band Begun. As his favorite, Arjumrand bore many of the emperor's children and they lived happily until in 1631 she died during childbirth - her fourteenth in eighteen years. So devastated was Jahan by her death that he locked himself in his room for many days. When he emerged he sent for India's finest architects, sculptors and craftsmen. Construction started shortly after the queen's death and for more than a year twenty thousand people worked to complete her tomb. Finished in 1648 it is set in a huge rectangular park and towers 187 feet above the river.

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The Great Wall of China – Part II

Lead: Much of the Great Wall of China, as it is known today, was constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

            Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

            Content: The Great Wall of China that we are familiar with today was built by hand during the Ming Dynasty beginning in the late 16th century. The longest structure ever built by mankind, The Great Wall is not actually a continuous structure but a network of walls and fortifications.

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The Great Wall of China – Part I

Lead: Considered to be one the greatest engineering and building feats of mankind, The Great Wall of China was designed to keep the barbarians out.

                 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: The Great Wall of China, a contemporary term for a system of defensive barriers to ward off invaders from the north, was built along the northern border of China between the east coast and north central China, covering a 1500 mile border. Including branches and the undulating paths that the walls follow along rivers, mountains and valleys, the total length of the walls is believed to be about 4,800 miles. Contrary to popular myth, the Great Wall of China is not a continuous wall but an amalgamation of walls and fortifications built and rebuilt by several dynasties over a period of 1300 years. The present wall was built chiefly by the Ming Dynasty, who ruled between A.D. 1368-1644.  The height of the wall ranges from 15 to 35 feet with a 13-foot roadway along the top.

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