Humayun's Tomb of Delhi
Humayun, a Mughal emperor who ruled a large part of what is now known as India, is buried in Delhi. His tomb is a notable building that was critical to the creation of many other buildings around India. Humayun's Tomb is a truly notable tomb to see.
The tomb was built as a resting place for Humayun. The Humayun was a Mughal emperor who ruled much of present-day India and much of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1530s. He lost his control of the area for a period of time but gained it back in 1555. However, he died a year after he gained his control back.
His body was originally buried at his palace but eventually had this tomb built under the request of his wife. The tomb was built in Delhi in 1570.
The tomb features some of the most elaborate designs around. A critical part of this comes from how it cost nearly one and a half million rupees to get this tomb built.
The tomb was designed with traditional Mughal architectural standards in mind. The tomb was built in an octagon shape with four sides being longer than the other four. This created a rather irregular design on the tomb.
The dome design on the top of Humayun's Tomb is very notable. It features two domes that have been stacked together on its build. The area is a little over forty meters in height. The dome is also surrounded by a series of chhatris around its body. A couple of miniature minarets also surround the build of the dome.
The dome also features a strong white marble build to it. This is different from the traditional red sandstone that is used on the rest of the tomb's build.
Eight chambers are located around the build of the tomb. These eight chambers are two stories in height and are found in a circular pattern around the main dome.
Humayun's Tomb is built in the middle of a massive garden. This garden is about thirty acres in size. It includes a design with four artificial pools and a large number of trees and red sandstone walkways.
This great Mughal design is notable in that it helped to introduce the concept of the garden tomb to India. This helped to influence the designs of other similar buildings with the Taj Mahal being the greatest product of this influence.
One interesting point about the tomb is that it features a large cenotaph around the central part of the building. However, the actual burial spot of Humayun is underneath the cenotaph in a secretive area. This is used to protect the body of Humayun.
Also, Humayun is not the only person who is buried in Humayun's Tomb. There are more than a hundred graves around the area. These graves belong to a number of people from the Mughal ruling family.
The last point about Humayun's Tomb is that it is mostly untouched in terms of its appearance. It has dealt with very few changes over the years. The only real difference is that it is a little easier for people to reach today. It can be reached around the Lodi Road crossing and is right on Mathura Road, thus making it a little easier for anyone to reach.
Humayun's Tomb is a remarkable tomb for people to see when in Delhi. This tomb features an amazing design that was important to the history of the Mughal Empire and is still impressive to look at to this day. The features of the tomb and the history that accompanies it are great features to see.
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