Akbar’s tomb

About Tomb

The tomb of Akbar the great, located in Sikandra, in the Agra is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece. It was build between 1605-1613. Akbar himself commenced the construction of this tomb, according to Tartary tradition and it was finalized by son of Akbar, Jahangir in 1613. Akbar’s tomb reflects the completeness of his personality.  The Vast, beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb with deer’s, rabbits and langurs is set amidst a lush garden. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable for it. To construct a tomb in one’s lifetime was a Turkic custom which the Mughals followed religiously.

Architecture

The 99 names of Allah have been inscribed on the tomb. The shape of tomb is pyramidal and consists of five storeys. The entire tomb is constructed of red sandstone but for the top storey which is constructed in white marble. The ground floor is covered by cloisters except at the centre on the southern side. These cloisters are divided by massive arches and a pier divisible has a small square room. The central courtyard is enclose in all the sides by slender arches and piers and divided into bays, which has been roofed in the trabeate pattern. At the centre of the courtyard lies a square platform, over which a white marble cenotaph is laid out. This cenotaph is profusely carved with arabesque and floral patterns. It is built with a mixture of Hindu and Moslem design elements. Its gate, known as Buland Darwaza (gateway of magnificence). The gateway stands ornamented with floral and Geometrical arabesque embellishments in white color. On each of the corner of the monument is an elegant minaret, made of white marble. The elegance of the calligraphic decoration adorning the gateway is beyond description, while its high central arch is quite simple.

Entrance fee

India- INR 20

Others- INR 200

Location

Sikandra, in Agra state of Uttar Pradesh, in India.

Timing

Sunrise to sunset (Daily)

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