The Netanyahus tour the Taj Mahal

Netanyahu and wife take a break from crowded schedule: 'I want to thank the Prime Minister of India for allowing us this moment as well.'

Mordechai Sones,

The Netanyahus at the Taj Mahal
The Netanyahus at the Taj Mahal
Avi Hayoun, Foreign Ministry

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara took a break from the intense schedule of meetings comprising their state visit to India, to tour the Taj Mahal, the world famous 17th century monumental mausoleum located in the city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, is a structure that combines motifs of Muslim architecture, mainly in Persian style with Hindu influences.

In 2007, the Taj Mahal was chosen by popular vote as one of the seven new Wonders of the World. In 2007, 3.2 million visitors visited the site, including seven-hundred-thousand foreign tourists.It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "This is a moment of relaxation amidst a very intensive visit. I want to thank the Prime Minister of India for allowing us this moment as well. In India we met with a lot of love; love for Israel, and here we came to the Temple of Love."

Prime Minister Netanyahu will take advantage of the tour to meet with the head of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state and most populous among the 29 states of India. Uttar Pradesh numbers about 220 million people.


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