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History of Humayun Tomb

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As the name suggests, Humayun’s tomb is a structure constructed by Hamida Banu Begam, the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun, the father of the great Akbar as a gesture of tribute to her husband. Commenced in 1569, 14 years after Humayun’s death, the tomb displays rich art of Persian architecture and was built with an estimated cost of Rs. 15 lacs.

Positioned right in the middle of a square garden, the structure is divided into four sections, through which there are shallow channels of water. A pavilion and a bath chamber are situated in the eastern and northern wall of the structure respectively.

The main ingredient used to build the structure was red sandstone and has a pyramid-like appearance from the distance of the kiosks and corridors inside it. In the history of India, Humayun’s tomb always plays a significant role, subsequently drawing comparisons and similarities with the Taj Mahal at Agra, as the former was built by the loving widow of the deceased while the latter was built by a widower (Shah Jahan) for his beloved deceased wife, Mumtaz.

The founder of the Mughal Empire and father of emperor Humayun, Babur’s tomb too is located very near to his son’s tomb.

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