SEVEN interesting facts you did not know about Humayun’s Tomb!

This historical monument attracts tourists visiting Delhi with its breathtaking architecture.

Here are 7 facts which will surprise you about this 16th century Mughal structure!

1. It was designed by a Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, chosen by the Begum. The tomb was constructed at the cost of 1.5 million and took 7 years to be completed.

2. Unlike other grand mausoleums like Taj Mahal which were built by the husband in memory of his wife, this tomb was commissioned by Mughal emperor Humayun’s first wife Empress Bega Begum after his death.

3. It was this glorious tomb with its high arches and grand domes that served as a model and architectural inspiration for Taj Mahal.

Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi

4. The body of Emperor Humayun was buried in two different locations before finally being placed in the present tomb. He was first buried in his palace in Delhi and later reburied in Sirhind, Punjab to be protected from possible damage by Hindu king Hemu, who had defeated the Mughals in Agra and Delhi in 1556.

5. Humayun’s Tomb is also called the Dormitory of the Mughals with around 150 graves of Mughal members within the entire complex. One of these is Nai-ka-gumbad, a tomb belonging to the royal barber!

6. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It was the first notable garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a large scale. The garden tomb is an example of the charbagh, a four quadrant garden with the four rivers that flow in jannat, representing the Islamic concept of paradise.

7. A lesser known fact is that it was used by Bahadur Shah Zafar who took refuge in this tomb with three princes during the rebellion of 1857.

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