Marvel at the architectural craftsmanship of Humayun’s Tomb.

Holidaymakers on flights to Delhi wanting to marvel at architectural craftsmanship that is seeped with history should make their way to Humayun’s Tomb.

The colossal red sandstone tomb is dedicated to Humayun, who was the second of India’s powerful Mughal emperors.

It is seen as a precursor to the Taj Mahal and the architectural similarities between the two buildings are in their abundance, from its very design to its use of marble.

It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and paid for by the emperor’s “senior” wife Haji Begum.

Built in the 1560s, the domed building has an equally elaborate garden with red sandstone tombs, gates and a mosque.

Although it lacks the fine intricate detailing of the Taj Mahal, there are aspects of the building that take the breath away, like the carved stone trellis windows.

The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

The last ever Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, took refuge in the tomb during the Indian rebellion of 1857.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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