¤ The Construction of the
The construction of Humayun's tomb was taken up by the grief-stricken
wife of Humayun, Hamida Banu, also known as Bega Begam in 1565. Legend
has it that the design of the Taj was inspired from this tomb's. In
pure architectural sense, this building is probably superior and much
more beautiful that the stunning Taj. Sacrilege? But really, the only
thing this building lacks is the showy marble.
¤ A Magnificent Architecture
The complex took nine years to complete and the tomb itself is a
dazzling landmark in the evolution of Mughal architecture in India.
Hamida Begum is said to have spent one and a half million rupees on it
and you just have to see it to know that every penny was worth it.
¤ One of The Planned Structures
The plan of the building is simply brilliant and very mathematical.
The tomb is set bang in the middle of large square-patterned typically
imperial Mughal-style garden which is neatly divided into sub-squares
by paved lanes. There fourth side of the tomb is not walled; simply
because the river was supposed to make up for the wall, but it flows
there no more. The high arches and double dome that became so
associated with Mughal architecture make their debut here. The place
is studded with fountains which were extremely popular in those days
a Mughal might have been poor in many things, but never in fountains.
The intricate and delicately beautiful latticework on the tomb
remained the trademark of Mughal architecture right down the ages.
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