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Not content with four-storey statues of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, city planners in Skopje are now inviting bids for a version of Rome’s Spanish Steps, part of a beautification campaign that has divided residents.

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Two people a second visit the marble masterpiece but there's far more to the Moghul capital than the Taj Mahal. Harriet O'Brien goes exploring in an Indian city bursting with architectural marvels and majestic vistas

Temples and torrents

Matt Warren marvels at the Taj Mahal, shoots the rapids of the mighty Indus river in a white-water raft, then takes a trip to Rajasthan and the historic city of Jaipur

Craftsmen who built Taj Mahal preserved their names in stone

Indian archaeologists say they have discovered the names of some of the skilled craftsmen and masons who built the Taj Mahal.

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Taj to open at full moon

INDIA MAY finally be getting serious about attract-ing more foreign tourists. The Taj Mahal, which is open regularly during daylight hours, is to open for viewing on nights of a full or almost full moon, after a 15-year hiatus.

Jazz: London jazz festival

The London Jazz Festival prides itself on its breadth of canvas and while the seventh annual event makes the obligatory nod or two towards the late great Duke Ellington and features such stars as Branford Marsalis and Jan Garbarek, it also welcomes the more avant-garde in the shape of the likes of pianist Myra Melford and various European artists. But it is perhaps most notable for the organisers' readiness to stretch the boundaries of this thing called jazz. Accordingly, the world music styles go far beyond the exuberant Latin rhythms produced by the Afro Cuban All Stars (left) to include the more ethereal sounds of Asia and the primal blues of Africa represented by Malis Toumani Diabete, who shares what is likely to be a captivating performance with the legendary Taj Mahal. Various venues until 21 November. Info: 0171-405 5974

FIVE AT THE LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Orchestre National de Barbes Jazz, rai, rock and trance are the subject of a heady fusion from this North African collective, with support acts and DJs. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) Fri

Pop: Taj Mahal meets Central Park

In the Kulanjan project, the American blues singer Taj Mahal explores the West African roots of his music. Here he talks to Jane Cornwell

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