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Taj Mahal
Taj mahal
Wonder
First AppearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Age AvailableDiscovery Age, Colonial Age, Fortress Age, Industrial Age
Base Hit Points5000
LOS12
UseCease Fire Ability, which stops all fighting for a brief amount of time.
CivilizationsIndians
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The Taj Mahal is an Indian Wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties and used to advance Ages. Once built, it grants the unique Cease Fire ability and a shipment of Coin.

Overview Edit

Cease Fire (similar to Hermes' God Power in Age of Mythology), prevents all units from attacking for 20 seconds. It is useful for positioning an army into place for attacks targeting a strategic location, or to stall an enemy offensive in time for a counterattack response. During this period, buildings with defensive capabilities can still attack.

The Age-up bonus sends shipments of Coin that vary in quantity depending on the Age reached.

Shipments Edit

  • Aging from the Discovery Age to the Colonial Age grants 500 Coin
  • From Colonial to Fortress grants 800 Coin
  • From Fortress to Industrial grants 1500 Coin
  • From Industrial to Imperial grants 2400 Coin

The Wonder is particularly useful for a fast fortress (FF) strategy, due to the rather large amount of Coin received from the early Age up, and boost players to the amount of Coin needed to quickly reach the Fortress Age.

History Edit

"The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it as a monument and tomb for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died in childbirth. The most visually identifiable feature of the tomb, the massive tear-shaped marble dome that caps the structure, is evocative of the grief the emperor felt over the loss of his beloved.

The epitome of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal incorporates elements of many Asian cultures. The tomb combines the domed pavilions and eaves of Indian architecture, with the precise gardens and impressive waterworks of Persia. The towering minarets, found at the four corners of the structure, and the ornamental stonework exhibit Islamic motifs. Across the reflecting pool, the grounds contain a number of other smaller tombs, as well as a mosque.

The Taj Mahal’s construction spanning nearly twenty years, the Taj Mahal is adorned with priceless stone, metal, and gems, from all over India and Asia. Its cost was enormous. Soon after the Taj Mahal's completion, Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb imprisoned him. When Shah Jahan's died, he was buried in the Taj Mahal next to his wife, the only asymmetrical element in the tomb's otherwise perfect symmetry. Despite incidents of defacement and subsequent restorations during the British colonial period, the Taj Mahal remains a resilient monument to love.
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In-game history section

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