Humayun’s Tomb: The Necropolis of Mughal Dynasty

Humayun's Tomb with the barber's tomb in foreground, 1858
Humayun’s Tomb with the barber’s tomb in foreground, 1858 (source:wikipedia)

Humayun’s tomb is a UNESCO Cultural heritage site in India. It has about 150 graves of ruling family in it and is sometimes referred as the Necropolis of Mughal Dynasty. Mughal Emperor, Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam got the construction started in 1569. Mirak Mirza Ghiyath was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb.It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect (Source). The tomb was constructed at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million).



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