Monday, 14 January 2013

Safdarjung Tomb


Safdarjang’s Tomb was built in 1753 by Nawab Shujau’d-Daulah in memory of his father Mirza Mupin Abul Khan. The monument is entered through a gate on the east. The double storied gateway has many apartments, a court yard and a mosque.



Some Interesting Facts!!

1) The tomb was built for safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah. Muhammad Shah was a weak mughal emperor this was probably the only noteworthy structure being erected after the death of Aurangzeb. It is said to be "the last flicker in the dying lamp of mughal architecture". 

2) The Marble and sand stone for this structure was removed from the tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-I-Khana. 


3) The garden is divided into four squares by side pathways and tanks which are again divided into   smaller squares and pathways, on the Char Bagh Pattern.         




4) The double storied mausoleum measuring 18.29 m square built with red and buff sandstone relived by marble stands in the center of the garden and rises from a high platform. The platform has a number of cells beneath it. The structure has a center chamber, surrounded by eight apartments around it. The corners of the tomb are occupied by polygon towers and the bulbous dome rise to form a sixteen sided drum. 




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