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Shangri La living suite of tobacco heiress to open

Exterior of Shangri La (Image source: Daderot via Wikimedia Commons) Exterior of Shangri La (Image source: Daderot via Wikimedia Commons)

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The private living quarters in the Honolulu home of the late American tobacco heiress Doris Duke are being opened to the public for the first time.

The bedroom and bathroom suite was inspired by the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built by a 17th century emperor for his favorite wife.

Duke commissioned the Mughal Suite after falling in love with Islamic art and culture during her honeymoon in the Middle East and Asia in 1935.

The suite is at the end of an open-air passageway extending from the main courtyard of the home that Duke called Shangri La.

Other parts of the 14,000-square-foot home have been open for more than a decade.

The living quarters will open this weekend after major roof renovations and artwork restoration kept it closed.

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