Striking Elements of Mughal Architecture

May 1, 2017

I stepped out of the scorching summer heat into this dark cool hallway which leads to the tomb of the Mughal emperor, Akbar.


The architecture creates a thick silence only broken by a humming prayer from the tomb's attendant which sounds through the halls as it echoes across the walls. 


The tomb was planned by Akbar himself, and constructed in 1605-1630 by Akbar's son. It's located in the Sikandra fort in Agra, India and is surrounded by gardens where gazelles graze and rest in the grass. 

The buildings are made of red sandstone and white marble. The panels display geometric, floral, and calligraphic designs.


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