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Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's grieving widow, built Emperor Humayun's mausoleum, precurser to the Taj Mahal. It stands on a 12000 sq.m. platform and reaches a height of 47m. It is the earliest example of Persian influence in Indian architecture. The tomb has within it over 100 graves, earning it the name 'Dormitory of the Moghals". The structure is the first to use red sandstone and white marble in such quantities. The small canopies on the terrace where originally covered in glazed blue tiles and the brass finial over the white marble dome is 6m. high.

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