Mud-pack for the Taj Mahal 泰姬陵面敷「泥巴面膜」
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印度最著名的紀念碑泰姬陵將再次接受一次泥巴修複治療，以清理墓碑大理石外部因污染造成的黃色污垢。這將是專家們第四次使用同樣的方法來清理這座17世紀的陵墓。以下是 Joanna Jolly 為 BBC 發回的報道：
The white marble domes and minarets of the Taj Mahal were constructed as a monument to love by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan on the death of his favourite wife, nearly four hundred years ago.
In recent years, pollution from factories and a nearby oil refinery have turned its pristine walls yellow. The Archaeological Survey of India began applying mud-packs to clean the monument in the mid-1990s.
It says continuing high levels of pollution means the treatment needs to be applied again soon. The lime-rich clay mask is believed to be based on a recipe used by Indian women to restore the natural glow to their faces.
A thin layer of mud is painted on the marble and left overnight before being brushed off in the morning. The surfaces are then washed down with distilled water to remove polluting chemicals drawn from the stone and the dirt and grease left behind by millions of visitors.