Humayun's Tomb is an excellent example of Mughal architecture in India. Built under the orders of Hamida Banu Begum, the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, in the mid 16th century, this mausoleum is a complex of buildings located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi. The globular dome, high arches, lattice stone windows, and geometric patterns of the tomb reflect the traditional Islamic style of architecture. Its structural design is quite similar to Taj Mahal. Given below are some fun and interesting facts about Humayun's Tomb. Interesting And Fun Facts About Humayun's Tomb
- Humayun's Tomb has been labeled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993.
- The tomb was built by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath. Humayun's wife supervised the entire construction of the tomb, which she got erected it for her husband.
- Humayun's Tomb is crowned with a white dome, surmounted with a spire that is as high as 42.5 meters. The monument rises from two large platforms, one above the other, linked with a flight of stairs.
- The tomb is constructed in such a way that it gradually ascends and assumes height. The first plinth that forms the base of the structure is about 1.52 m high. The main plinth for the monument is the second one, which is as high as 6.10 m and has 72 arched cells on all its four sides.
- The grave of Emperor Humayun is located in the central mortuary room of the tomb.
- The regal grave is surrounded by adjacent rooms that house the tombs of two of Humayun's begums and the later Mughals.
- It took eight years and Rs 1.5 million to build Humayun's Tomb, which is located in the center of a geometrically arranged garden, cris-crossed by a network of water channels and fountains.
- This tomb is considered the first garden-tomb built in the Indian subcontinent and was the first to use the Persian double dome.
- Humayun's Tomb introduced the four-quartered garden concept into Mughal architecture.
- The tomb has proved to be an inspiration for some of the major architectural innovations, one of which is the glorious Taj Mahal.