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Taj Mahal entra finalmente no século 21

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It's an enduring symbol of love. The Taj Mahal in India is visited by millions each year.

But for those who can't see it first-hand, how about a virtual tour?

Google is working with the Indian government to bring the landmark to Street View, using a special camera.

The company's previous attempts to map India's streets were blocked due to security concerns.

But now it seems the 360-year-old mausoleum is catching up with the 21st Century.

Transcrição em português

É um dos símbolos do amor que mais perduram. O Taj Mahal, na Índia, é visitado por milhões de pessoas a cada ano.

Mas para aqueles que não conseguem vê-lo ao vivo, que tal um tour virtual?

A Google está trabalhando juntamente com o governo indiano para levar o famoso marco para o Street View, utilizando uma câmera especial.

As tentativas anteriores de mapear as ruas da Índia foram vetadas por razões de segurança.

Porém, desta vez, parece que o mausoléu de 360 anos está entrando no século 21.

Vocabulary

enduring

first-hand - for oneself (if you experience something first-hand, you do it yourself)

virtual - not physically existing but created by computer to appear similar to reality

landmark - a place that is easily recognised

mausoleum - a building in which the bodies of dead people are buried

Exercise

enduring / first-hand / virtual / landmark / mausoleum

1. These figures pay testament to the quality, vibrancy and __________ popularity of the London stage, which, despite a difficult economic climate, continues to pull in the crowds thanks to the world-class entertainment on offer and inclusive pricing structures.

2. After the church service, Mr Achebe was buried in a __________ on the family compound in a private ceremony.

3. A $22 (£14) investment in the __________ currency Bitcoin four years ago has brought a Norwegian man an unexpected windfall of about $850,000.

4. It is one of London's most iconic __________, which tourists - and Londoners - flock to every day. Now, in 2014, it has reached its 120th anniversary.

5. Gerry White, who manages a pub near Belfast city centre, says that while there are signs of business picking up, he has seen __________ the financial impact of the unsettled times over the past year.

Answers

Source: London theatres report record sales http://bbc.in/1mqDcXK

2. After the church service, Mr Achebe was buried in a mausoleum on the family compound in a private ceremony.

Source: Chinua Achebe: Nigeria holds funeral for author http://bbc.in/1hrKrfW

3. A $22 (£14) investment in the virtual currency Bitcoin four years ago has brought a Norwegian man an unexpected windfall of about $850,000.

Source: $22 Bitcoin investment brings Norwegian man fortune http://bbc.in/IOyXnf

4. It is one of London's most iconic landmarks, which tourists - and Londoners - flock to every day. Now, in 2014, it has reached its 120th anniversary.

Source: Tower Bridge: Landmark marks 120 years by recalling past http://bbc.in/1i4pV4A

5. Gerry White, who manages a pub near Belfast city centre, says that while there are signs of business picking up, he has seen first-hand the financial impact of the unsettled times over the past year.

Source: Tough year for NI pub trade http://bbc.in/1j7Kwmr