Archive | April 10, 2013

A Shrine To Love: Humayun’s Tomb

 important monuments of indiaHumayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 C.E. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum (Hajji Begum) and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, thus lending inspiration to the famed Taj Mahal. It may not be as big or as fancy as that other famous garden tomb in India, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that without it, we probably wouldn’t have a Taj Mahal.

This tfamous indian landmarksomb was the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway. At its highest point, the building is 300 feet tall. Though Humayun’s Tomb actually functioned as a refugee camp for five years after the 1947 Partition of India for Muslims fleeing to the newly-created country of Pakistan but now it looks serene. Famous Indian landmark, Humayun’s Tomb is nearly 500 years old and housed countless migrating people, hats off to the preservation and restoration crews of India for bringing back the building’s former glory. The symmetrical and simple designed on the exterior is in sharp contrast with the complex interior floor plan, of inner chambers, which is a square ‘ninefold plan’, where eight two-storyed vaulted chambers radiate from the central, double-height domed chamber.

humayun s tombA monument of love built by a woman in the memory of her man. Sounds strange but true. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West. he site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb. One of the famous Indian landmarks.

So why can’t you get a visit here? You’ll be free to roam the grounds without a bunch of other people getting in your way. Amazing!

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