20/10/2015 1:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Historic, Black And White Photos Of The Taj Will Leave You Spellbound

Many books, songs and films have romanticised our notion of one of India's most beautiful monuments -- the Taj Mahal. From moonlight walks with your beloved, to dances with large Bollywood entourages, most Indians have an intimate connection with the almost 367-year-old monument.

But if you've visited the Taj Mahal recently, you may have noticed that the immaculate white structure that Google Images throws up has somewhat changed -- now resembling the plastic or marble miniatures sold as souvenirs.

The monument, which literally means the 'crown of palaces', may have a poignant history, but we've collected thirteen images, that will show you how the Taj Mahal has changed over the years.

Photo gallery Taj Mahal Through The Years See Gallery

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