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Scaffolding to Cover Taj Mahal During Yearlong Restoration

The Taj Mahal in India is undergoing a large-scale restoration that officials say will ultimately leave the marble beauty a brighter shade of white.

In the meantime, however, the main dome and central structure of the building will be covered by scaffolding, as workers apply a mud-pack treatment designed to clean the surface, which has yellowed over time. 

The project is expected to be completed in April 2018—which is a bummer for the millions of tourists who will visit the site before then, particularly if they were hoping to capture some postcard-worthy photos.

Though the site won't be seen again in all its highly Instagrammable glory for nearly a year, it will remain open to visitors throughout the restoration.