India’s iconic Taj Mahal is undergoing a major restoration, in which the structure will be covered in scaffolding over the course of a year. Workers will apply a mud-pack treatment to renew the marble exterior to a brighter shade of white.
The 377-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site is the main draw for many tourists to India, but the white marble facade has been yellowing over time. Thus, following the restoration of the outer minarets, which were covered in scaffolding last year, the main dome and central structure are now being packed with mud — a process intended to clean the marble and ultimately make it whiter.
The Times of India reported that the mud-pack treatment is a first for the Taj Mahal.