Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, India

We decided to do a little sightseeing while in Delhi and one of the places we visited was the UNESCO listed tombs of Humayun.

From the book The World’s Heritage – a complete guide to the most extraordinary places

This tomb is of particular cultural significance as it is the earliest surviving example of the Mughal scheme of the garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.  The tomb of Humayun, second Mughal Emperor of India, was built by his widow in 1569-70, fourteen years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees.  It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves.  It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.  The tomb itself is in the centre of a large garden, laid out in char baah (four-fold) style, with pools joined by channels.  It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal a century later.

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