Photographer's Note

Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture located in Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. It has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1993.

Humayun’s tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. This tomb is considered to be an important milestone in the history of Mughal architecture.

Humayun's tomb is known as the first example of the monumental scale that would characterize subsequent Mughal imperial architecture. Commissioned, it is believed, by Humayun's senior widow, Haji Begam, or by her son Akbar, the tomb is the first to mark the grave of a Mughal emperor. Its plan, based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens, is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid.

The tomb sits at the center of a plinth, about 21feet (7m) high. The top of its central dome reaches 140 feet from the ground. The dome is double-layered; the outer layer supports the white marble exterior facing, while the inner one defines the cavernous interior volume. The rest of the tomb is clad in red sandstone, with white marble ornamentation. In 1857, the tomb was used as shelter by Bahadur Shah Zafar and his three princes during the first war of Independence.

Shot taken from the gate into the tomb gardens. I was lucky to have the woman pass by. Hope you like it.

Workshop : A cropped version after Chen & Sabyasachi's critiques in a 800x800 size version.

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