One in a series of pictures taken in the gardens housing the tomb of Humayun, in Delhi, India.
Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.
The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still ongoing. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of his wife, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals, including Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat and Alamgir II. It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture. It is seen as a clear departure from the fairly modest mausoleum of his father, the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, called Bagh-e Babur (Gardens of Babur) in Kabul (Afghanistan). Though the latter was the first Emperor to start the tradition of being buried in a paradise garden. Modelled on Gur-e Amir, the tomb of his ancestor and Asia's conqueror Timur in Samarkand, it created a precedent for future Mughal architecture of royal mausolea, which reached its zenith with the Taj Mahal, at Agra.
The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb. In later Mughal history, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge here, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, along with three princes, and was captured by Captain Hodson before being exiled to Rangoon.
The above was taken from an extensive article about the tomb complex found on Wikipedia, the full text of which can be accessed by clicking here .
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mesutilgim (95558) 2012-01-21 0:47
Good morning Stephen,
Again perfect timing for neighbourhooding !!
This version is even better than the previous one. The four palm trees in the foreground brings just a different taste to the scene.
Again many good and interesting info's.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Nicou (144352) 2012-01-21 0:48
Super compo quel cadrage avec l'angle et ces arbres grandisoe quel effet cela donne de la fuyance de l'immensité, et ce rouge cette coupole une merveille.
bravo et amitié
ourania (47206) 2012-01-21 1:13
excellent point of view puts the theme at a perfect distance, includes the layers of the green lawn and the paths and allows unintrrupted view of both sides around the corner. I like the placement of the lovely tall palm trees at the centre adorning the picture and enhancing height. A simple, effective composition for an elaborate architecture. Wonderful colours, light management, use of shade as a decorative pattern.
All the best,
besnard (56599) 2012-01-21 1:32
Une grande netteté et un bel éclairage sur ce superbe bâtiment avec un bon cadrage qui nous permet d'en voir le maximum.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-21 2:37
a beautiful photo version of this splendid place I like the composition and the imposing architectural details, very nice lights and colours, superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
Thank you for your kind words to my 1500th post!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-21 3:12
another magnificent shot of this real Indian beauty. Such wonderful rich coloured stonework that stands out so beautifully against the greenery and blue sky. A stunning shot captured perfectly. Well done!
Enjoy your weekend - regards Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-21 4:10
Yo be honest with you, I have been to Delhi twice and missed seeing this one both the times. A very attractive image showing the other side with fantastic architectural details. It seems to be very quiet. Like the colors, sharpness, atmosphere and details.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-21 5:11
Tu as bien fait de changer de point de vue, les palmiers sont du meilleur effet devant le monument et son graphisme étonnant. La lumière, les couleurs et la netteté sont excellentes. Bravo.
dkmurphys (60125) 2012-01-21 6:02
Love the palm line that stands in front of the big structure. Nice mood, fine colors.
Enjoy the weekend.
Fis2 (99832) 2012-01-21 6:15
Witaj mon cher ami!
Good frame and composition.
Very well done.
gildasjan (43652) 2012-01-21 6:53
Un bon angle de prise de vue pour nous faire admirer les deux faces de cette superbe architecture.Un très bon rendu naturel des couleurs et une belle harmonie de couleurs avec le bleu de ce ciel.
Royaldevon (39802) 2012-01-21 9:55
Again, what a magnificent building to photograph! The repeating arches with their decoration and deep shadows are a photographer's dream! It is good that you were able to include some green in the f/g to create the third horizontal layer. Excellent sharpness.
For me, there is a little compositional variance. I want the shot to be symmetrical but the trees prevent that, one being right in the centre. I wonder if it would have been possible to step to the left and have a thirds division. Oh, I know I'm being nit-picking; it is a fine shot.
Have a good w/e,
digbymerry (3998) 2012-01-21 10:52
Great colours and detail. Interesting perspective and composition which works well. I like yesterday's more traditional view as well.
saxo042 (37900) 2012-01-21 12:55
The four green palms against the blue sky and the pink building below, a very attractive colour combination and a very good picture. A remarkable architecture and an interesting note!
Silvio1953 (145773) 2012-01-22 1:21
Ciao Stephen, an other great POV on fascinating architecture, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (66226) 2012-01-22 1:28
beautiful shot with a great combination
of interesting architectural details
Nature and blue sky that draws the eyes
away.The four palms add beauty and
and interesting information
have a pleasant Sunday evening
ikeharel (73007) 2012-01-22 1:39
An immaculate picture on corner of the big tumb-edifice, Stephen.
People gave scale and showing this with the 4 palm trees is a fine sight.
RhodieIke (11744) 2012-01-22 1:57
Hi Stephen, You are certainly a well travelled man viewing all these photo's from all corners of the globe. Great Pov on the splendid Tomb building, love all the detail and the inclusion of people to get the perspective, Well done, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
sandpiper (6788) 2012-01-22 2:32
Good shot and interesting note. Rich colours and nice contrast between the trees the reds and blue sky.
BluSimo (9392) 2012-01-22 2:42
ces palmiers, et le vent qui les bouge, devient un embellissement sur cet splendide édifice. le choix de ne se limiter pas à une nette photo d'architecture me plaît beaucoup, bravo!
un bon dimanche
pierrefonds (67633) 2012-01-22 17:20
The palm trees are framing well the tomb. The point of view is showing a double perspective of the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
emka (100071) 2012-01-22 23:35
Gasntastic composition, the view of the corner is really impressive. Nice palms! beautiful symmetry, in the tips about the photography it is written that the central symmetry is boring to the viewer. Why? I like it. Perfect cut. Wonderful colours. I was there too, but too late in the evening and with no acceptable photos.
have a nice week
serp2000 (44638) 2012-01-26 2:40
Just a Oriental fairy tale! Attractive composition, the palms are the important elements of this view. Excellent sharpness, splendi colours. My compliments!
amaryllis (37039) 2012-02-05 3:34
une superbe perspective avec ce palais et les palmiers au premier plan et la couleur de la pierre qui en fait une superbe architecture
un bon cadrage en forme de triangle
Harshchahal (129) 2012-10-11 9:35
I've visited Humayun's Tomb quite a few times. But you surely have a different perspective for it.. Good work.
Noel_Byrne (31678) 2013-01-14 12:05
What an incredible tomb! The details in the stone work are beautiful, particularly against that stunning blue sky. The palm trees give the image an extra dimension too, adding a class feeling of depth. Thanks for the great note, delighted to learn about this stunning place.
All the best
JFS (32459) 2013-01-21 8:41
Marvelous pic of this palace. The brick architecture with the big white dome i really amazing and nice. The four palm trees add even more beauty to the whole
All the best!