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india's cleaning quandary: how to scale the taj mahal dome?

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india's cleaning quandary: how to scale the taj mahal dome?

agra, india — authorities in india are trying to figure out how workers will scale the taj mahal's majestic but delicate dome as they complete the first thorough cleaning of the world heritage site since it was built 369 years ago.work on the mausoleum's minarets and walls is almost finished, after workers began the makeover in mid-2015.they've been using a natural mud paste to remove yellow discoloration and return the marble to its original brilliant white. called fuller's earth, it's the same clay that some people smother on their skin as a beauty treatment.but the metal scaffolding used so far is too heavy and rigid for the dome, said bhuvan vikrama, the superintending archaeologist from the archaeological survey of india. he said they're considering other options, including designing and constructing special bamboo scaffolding.he said there's a precedent, after bamboo scaffolding was used on the dome in the early 1940s when some conservation work was carried out.vikrama said rain was enough to clean most of the taj mahal in the past but air pollution over the last 25 years had taken its toll."it became visibly clear it was all yellow," he said. "it even started becoming black in the shaded areas not washed by rains."he said work on the dome would likely take 10 months, starting next year and finishing in 2019. the makeover was costing a total of about $500,000.the work has prompted fodor's travel guide to include the taj mahal on its list of places not to v...