Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi was built in 1570. It has a lot of significance for it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent built during Mughal time. This Tomb is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
Humayun ( Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun) was second Mughal Emperor of India ( Son of Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur). Humayun’s Tomb was built by his widow, Biga Begum (Hajji Begum), in 1569-70, 14 years after his death.
Humayun’s Tomb inspired several major architectural innovations later in the Mughal times, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal ( An immense mausoleum built with white marble in Agra, Uttar Pradesh by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal) between 1631 and 1648.
Though Humayun’s Tomb culminated in the Taj Mahal, constructed a century later, Humayun’s Tomb remains being the first standardized example of this style and an architectural achievement of the highest order.
Humayun’s Tomb holds a lot of importance in the evolution of Mughal architecture in India. It is the first of a long series of dynastic tombs and as a matter of fact that it introduced the garden tomb to the subcontinent.
It was also used later on for the burial of various members of the ruling family and it actually contains some 150 graves. It is rightly described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.
Humayun had travelled widely in the Islamic world, notably in Persia and central Asia, and brought back with him ideas that were applied by the architect of his tomb, under the direction of his widow, in this tomb. The architect of Humayun’s Tomb was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.
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Humayun’s Tomb attracts a lot of tourist from all over the world. ( Humayun’s Tomb is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India). It is located in Delhi, India. If you wish to know more about visiting Delhi please do not hesitate to write to us.
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