Itimad-ud-Daulah, Agra

walwyn Wed, 04/06/2011 - 00:22
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Itimad-ud-Daulah Mughal Tomb Agra


Built between 1622 and 1628, Itimad-ud-Daulah in Agra is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife Asmat Begum. Mirza Ghiyas Beg had been given the title I'timād-ud-Daulah (pillar of the state) by Akbar the Great, he became Prime Minister of the Empire under Jahangir. His granddaughter was Mumtaz Muhal for whom the Taj Mahal was built, and daughter Nur Jahan (Mehrunissa) was Jahangir's queen who was responsible for commissioning the building of this a mausoleum for her parents.


The tomb is situated on the banks of the Yamuna river it is a 21 metre high domed structure, with four 12 metre high minarets topped with chhatri. It stands within a formal garden, with waterways and paths laid out in a geometrical pattern.


The building is a transition between the red sandstone struictures of Humayan's tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb at Sikandra, and the white marble Taj Mahal.