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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.

enduring

long-lasting

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

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

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.

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How did you do?

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enduring

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mausoleum

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virtual

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landmarks

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first-hand

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