Sikandari Tomb

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Sikandara is the mausoleum of great Mughal Emperor Akbar (Figure 16). Built in red ochre and sandstone this beautiful tomb is situated 4 kilometers from Agra. The mausoleum is built partially in red sandstone and in marble; This tomb was initially built by Akbar himself but the monument as it stands today was completed by his son Jehangir who constructed the topmost portion in white marble. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain themes. Although there are four red sandstone gates for the mausoleum complex, only one entrance is used today. These gateways showcase an interesting fusion of different styles of architecture-Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. Geometrical designs achieved by decorative tiles are the hall mark of the tomb. The decoration on the gateways is quite bold, with large mosaic inlaid geometrical patterns. There are four minarets standing at the corners. Built in red sandstone, the minarets are inlaid with white marble patterns. The shape of tomb is pyramidal and consists of five floors. The monument is at a level below the ground level. The entire tomb is constructed of red sandstone except for the top floor which is…show more content…
Fatehpur Sikri is the unsurpassed instance of the finale of Muslim and Hindu structural designs. The tomb of famous Salim Chisti, known to be Sufi Saint of Akbar’s time is situated here. The tomb is well identified for its elusive Jaali carvings and appeals hundreds of visitors every day. The initial and the much-admired structure of dream city of Akbar is Buland Darwaza. It stands amidst the significant cenotaphs around. This gigantic gateway has an altitude of 54 meters, and is highest gateway in the sphere. It was constructed in 1575 to rejoice Emperor Akbar's victory in winning Gujarat and is an adequate combination of Persian and Mughal architecture. Fatehpur Sikri was the original planned city of the

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