Here rests Humayun, second emperor of the Mughal Empire in 16th century India.
I have now visited at least three major mausoleums and a fair share of palaces, forts and mosques built by the Mughals. There’s probably a lifetime worth of more work yet to be seen, but I’ve started forming a crude sense of scale under which to categorise and relatively place these historic buildings. Markers of a confluence of Persian, Hindustani and Islamic styles so uniquely known as Mughal architecture.
In my opinion, calling Mughal architecture history’s most extravagant quest in balancing proportions and achieving symmetry would not be very far off the mark. And if that is indeed the case, then the tomb of Humayun, built during the reign of Akbar and located just south of Dina-panah, has got to be that last stepping stone to perfection.
Such clear and crisp pictures! The scale you’ve captured with that man taking a photo gives a lovely sense of the magnitude of this structure. Those proportions and form make it look like quite a marvel. Must see this in person someday. I like how you’re refreshing our history lessons. :-)
5:19pm, 4th Dec'11
Thanks! Glad you like the background tidbits. So much fun reading up, exploring and taking in the history, theorising to fill the missing bits, joining the dots backwards.
1:07am, 8th Dec'11
Mughal masterpieces. They’d look stunning even if all the ornamentation wore off. White, red, symmetry and scale: that’s all I need to admire them. Do visit in the mornings or evenings again; it’ll look even more magical,
4:52am, 11th Dec'11
Its the first time i observed the symmetry of the entrances … sweet indeed … think i havent been in this space for years man … seems like the quality of pics has gone through the roof …
7:56pm, 20th Dec'11
1:57pm, 22nd Dec'11
I hadn’t even noticed the “tiny” man until I read Rashmi’s comment! :O Excellent!
5:55pm, 12th Jan'12
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